Sweet Surrender

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Selfless love leads to the fullness of life.


Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Psalm 31:6

Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, LORD, God of truth.


On this Good Friday, we remember Jesus being crucified.

He was put to death in that culture’s most cruel and humiliating manner as though he had committed a vicious crime.

In fact, he had only confronted the religious and governmental powers with their injustices to the poor and oppressed.

He offered no resistance or violence in return for their violence to him.

Jesus showed us the face of unconditional love and truth when confronted by fear, hate and lies.

He showed us what love poured out looks like.

And then came the ultimate act of unconditional love ever:

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Jesus turned over his spirit to God in the blind faith that somehow his life would not end in death.

What had appeared to be a very bad Friday was in fact a very good one.

Thanks to his act we also know that our lives will not end in death.

We can have confidence that all our struggles, including the one we are in now with the COVID-19 pandemic, will not end in death but in new life!

This is what redeems us.

In our self-emptying we are filled with the life of God.

Our false selves fall away and our true selves rise.

May it happen now…and now…and now – right into eternity.


Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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