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Jesus' Burden Is Light

Rest Relationships Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-02-02

Scripture: Matthew 11:29

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Every human relationship carries with it a certain set of expectations. That responsibility differs depending on the nature of the relationship.  I have one set of responsibilities to those who hold authority over me, like my boss or my pastor.  I have another set of responsibilities to my friends, to my neighbors, to those I mentor, to my spouse, and yet another to my children. 

Needless to say, some of these relationships carry a weightier burden of responsibility than do others. 

APPLICATION

But who places the heaviest burden of expectation on you? For the Christian, the answer is easy, that would be God.  Right? After all, He is our Creator and all that we have we owe to HIm. 

Nevertheless, Jesus said that the burden of expectation He places on us is, comparatively speaking, light.  This is really an astounding statement.  How can our burden of responsibility to God be lighter than it is to others? Aren't we more accountable to Him than to anyone else? Absolutely! In a sense, every moral obligation we have to others goes back to God, Himself.

But the message of grace is that Jesus has taken all of the burdens of God's expectation from us and has placed them on Christ. So, according to Jesus, the lightest burden we will ever bear in any relationship will be with our Savior, who fulfilled all of our obligations. Who else in our life has ever released us like this? 

Jesus has fulfilled all that God expected of us and has replaced those expectations with an unconditional love that has freed us to just love Him back.  Truly, what was a burden has, in Christ, become a joy. 

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:29-30). 

Jesus Is The High-Water Mark

Love (Uncondtional) Enemies Morality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-11-02

Scripture: Matthew 5:44

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

A high-water mark is the maximum rise of a body of water over land. In the world of high finance, this term is used to refer to the highest value reached by an investment fund. In the Civil War, the high-water mark of the Confederacy was achieved at Cemetery Ridge near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the farthest point reached by Confederate forces during Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863.

In the pursuit of morality, the high-water mark is found in the words and actions of Christ.

APPLICATION

The high-water mark of morality isn’t loving those who love you but learning to love those who hate you. This high-water mark was first expressed by Christ when he said, “Love your enemies,” and it was first lived out by Jesus when he went to the cross to give his life for every sinner who, by their sins, made themselves the enemy of God.

If, contrary to your own nature, you are to rise to the level of God’s high-water mark of morality, you must turn to Jesus. He alone has made the way for you to follow, and only he can provide you and me with the love necessary to walk in it.

He Wanted A New Name

Names Love (Divine) Love (Uncondtional)

Source: "Most Outrageous Name Changes"by Stephanie Morrow, College Professor, March 2009

Link to Source: Click here to view source

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-18

Scripture: 1 John 4:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Stephanie Morrow, in an article on the legalities of changing one's name, relates the following story:

... a Vietnam teen received the right to legally change his name from Mai Phat Sau Nghin Ruoi, which translates to "Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred." Named after the fine his father had to pay for having a fifth child, Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred's dad finally agreed to help him change his name to something more traditional after his son continued to be teased in school. Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred's new name is Mai Hoang Long, which translates to Golden Dragon.

 

APPLICATION

A name, if it is given any meaning, should reflect something positive about the one holding it. Unfortunately, this father chose to give his son a name that reflected his own misgivings about his birth. The name he chose made it clear that it was all about how his son made him feel.

Although we don't use names this way in the West, we do tend to think of others in terms of how they make us feel. This marks one of the biggest differences between the way we love others and the way God loves us. When God calls us His "beloved," it's not because we have done anything to make Him feel that way. It's because He loves us, no matter how we make Him feel.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).

The Company Betting $10K Your Marriage Fails

Marriage Motivation Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: 1 John 4:19 ; 1 Corinthians 13:7

Author: Rod Crowell
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Puppy Love

Commitment Love (Uncondtional) Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-26

Scripture: Romans 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Teen Orphan Finds A Home

Adoption Acceptance Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-16

Scripture: Ephesians 1:5 ; Galatians 4:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Paying For Your Big Mac With Love

Love (Uncondtional) Love (Divine) Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-04

Scripture: Romans 8:35 ; John 15:13

Author: Rowena Lindsay (CSM) / Illustration Exchange
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Will Franklyn, Your Father Loves You

Love (Uncondtional) Shame Abuse

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-14

Author: Annonymous / Illustration Exchange
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Religious Fatwa Turned On Its Head

Enemies Love (Uncondtional) Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-08-18

Scripture: Romans 5:10 ; Matthew 5:44

Author: Jim Denison / Illustration Exchange
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Call Me Daddy

Dependence on God Maturity Grace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2020-09-05

Scripture: Galatians 4:6

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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