Love against hope

When Jesus Christ went to the cross to be crucified and to die on our behalf, there was no guarantee humanly speaking, that He would come back to life. Humanly speaking, it was and is still impossible for anyone to willingly die and be resurrected. He was human but He did it anyway.

It is difficult for most people to accept his resurrection today. They are right. It is impossible now as it was then. Jesus Christ offered his life as a sacrifice, knowing that it was humanly impossible to come back to life.

When Jesus Christ went to the cross to lay down his life on our behalf, there was no guarantee humanly speaking, that anyone would accept his sacrifice. After all, he died for a race of people who had no clue, people who had been corrupted. We were so clueless and wicked that God came into our midst and we killed him and even his closest disciples deserted him in his hour of greatest agony. Where was the hope that a race of people like that would receive him, if he came back to life? After all, we saw him raise the dead or at least we heard, yet we killed him. But he did it anyway.

God laid down his life for a human race who would kill God, whose spiritual sensitivity and their humanity had been so deadened that they did not recognize their Creator when He dwelt amongst them. We were so warped that we sincerely preferred a convicted murderer to our own Creator who came to lay down his life for us. He laid down his life for us anyway.

Now He is risen and many of us have received Him. It was and is still a human impossibility. If receiving Him means admiration and adoration of Jesus Christ for loving us to death and to hell, it is humanly possible and probably religiously, if not politically correct. He demands instead that we follow his example. Love against hope. Hope against hope. Act without a human guarantee of results. Give even if there is no promise of return. He demands the impossible.

As I think about this, I am tempted to say “Lord depart from me for I am a sinful man” and I need to pray, “Lord have mercy on me, for I have sinned.” Before the prayer exits my mouth, He who died for me while I was still in the loins of my progenitors and was wicked by nature, comes to my rescue. He expects me to love likewise, against hope.

– Tolúlopé

14 thoughts on “Love against hope

  1. Someone once interviewed me a while back asking me where I get my inpiration to write romance stories. I told her that my biggest (and only) inspiration to write romance stories comes from God's love for me…for the whole world. When I read words like the ones you just wrote here "…Jesus Christ for loving us to death and to hell,…" I immediately start thinking of another story, trying to emulate the Love of God with the fictional characters played out by humans. Unfortunately it always falls short because the reality is that no one can ever love us to hell and back like Christ did. He died for us anyway, even though he understood that humanly speaking, there was no guarantee he would come back to life. So like the rest of his children who have come to believe in him, with all of my inmost being, (including the romantic nature he has breathed in me), I worship him with these words, "Thank you Jesus for the grace you have given me. I can never repay you but from my heart, I'd like to say that I thank you".

  2. Praise God, Tolu. May all believer’s never lose sight of the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. May we continually question, whether our lives, truly demonstrate, that we serve a risen Lord and Savior. May we continually possess the hope, the peace, the strength and the reality and power of His resurrection, given to us as His followers.Great reflective post. Bless you

  3. LD, this is why I write. I write so that God in heaven will receive the kind of worship you uttered here. Thank you for making my day. I could not agree more that the greatest love story ever told is God's love for us. He loved us to death, to hell and now to heaven. He loved us against hope and continues to love us against hope. The implications in the present are that there is nothing my spouse or any other human being can do that will make them unlovable. We were unlovable, we are unlovable but he loves us. He asks us to do the same. Please keep writing those romance stories.

  4. Thank you Carole. I love this: "May we continually question, whether our lives, truly demonstrate, that we serve a risen Lord and Savior. May we continually possess the hope, the peace, the strength and the reality and power of His resurrection, given to us as His followers." Amen and Amen.

  5. If not for Jesus , where will I be ? like I told you , I will be a cheap liar, prostitute and sexually pervert individual. He brought meaning into my my life , I fall many times yet He keeps picking me up, thank You Jesus for dyinag and resurrecting.Well done bros

  6. Toluwalope, that is the story of our lives. He loved us from death to life. He loved us when there was no hope. He wants us to love even if there is no hope. He still loves us even when we are bent on hurting him. Thank you for stopping by.

  7. 'He did it anyway'…without any guarantees that we would accept His sacrifice…yet knowing that because it's an act of love, it would yield a good result because LOVE NEVER FAILS. I have come to believe that it's the person giving the love that stands to gain much more than the person rejecting the love. So in rejecting Him, we reject life and in accepting His sacrifice we embrace eternity.And in showing us this perfect example we can love the wayward husband, child or family back home; we can love sinners to repentance.No hidden agenda or want of gain. It's like we gasp for breathe for we can't live without love, the very essence of our being.And my prayer is Lord, teach me to love like you do. Help me fully embrace the Love that has been shed abroad in my heart by your Spirit. Let me pour myself out like costly oil. Of what use is my intellectual understanding of your sacrifice of love on the cross if I can't, don't or won't love, the reason behind the sacrifice.Like Tolu said, Lord, let me love against all hope, just like you did for me in those days when I crucified you afresh by rejecting you.

  8. MOH, I love you for this. You have started on something I did not exactly touch on but which was in the spirit behind this post – love never fails. Beautiful this – "it's the person giving the love that stands to gain much more than the person rejecting the love…" A while back, I came to the realization that if no one received Jesus Christ, his sacrifice and the whole incarnation would still have been a successful enterprise from His point of view, because He did it from Love."And in showing us this perfect example we can love the wayward husband, child or family back home; we can love sinners to repentance." Who is beyond Love? What is impossible for Love? I think our world will become heavenly when more of us become conduits of love.And this, "No hidden agenda or want of gain. It's like we gasp for breathe for we can't live without love, the very essence of our being." What more can be said to that? This is deep calling unto the deep…Why do you always add value to my posts? Who is this that brings out what I did not say and presents it much better than I could have? God bless you, MOH. Thank you.

  9. Hello Tolu,although this post was so higher than my knowledge and I couldn't get it completely,..but I love the title…I'm sure like before it has a deep meaning.please explain to me what's the meaning of" against" here? what 's the meaning of love against hope? and hope against hope? Thank you

  10. Thanks Bahar for the question. First, the love I am referring to here is not an emotion or a feeling. It is a deep, unshakable commitment to someone's wellbeing that transcends my feelings about them. The best description of it I know is in 1Corinthians13 in the Bible. When you love and forgive someone who is bent on hurting you and has caused you pain consistently over time, you are loving against hope. "Against" here means "contrary to". To love when loving is hopeless, humanly speaking. When Christ died for us out of love, there was no hope that we would respond, humanly speaking. But He still forgave his killers while they were killing Him and He gave up His life for a naturally wicked and hateful people. That is love against hope. True Love loves against hope.Hope against hope is along the same lines and hope and love go together. The scriptures say in 1Corinthians 13 that "Love hopes all things", even hopeless things. Do you remember my statement, "I need to open myself to the possibility of being surprised by you"? When you hope that a hopeless situation or person will change for the better, you are hoping against hope. I am sure you will understand this because you are just emerging from such a situation. Right?To love or to hope against hope requires holding on to the truth (remember my post "Truth is quiet"?), one of which is what MOH mentioned above, "Love never fails". We are able to love or hope against hope when we stop looking at what is screaming at us from the outside and start focusing on the truth which is very quiet and easily missed. We can go through a deep sunless valley with a song in our mouths when we see and hold on to more than we can see around us.

  11. I am blessed to receive that complement from someone whose writings I consider exceptional both in spirit and in letter.Thank you MOH.

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