What Matters Most
September 9, 2016
Read: 1 John 4:7-19
Bible in a Year: Proverbs 6-7; 2 Corinthians 2
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.ó1 John 4:9
As Jesusís beloved disciple John grew older, his teaching became increasingly narrowed, focusing entirely on the love of God in his three letters. In the book Knowing the Truth of Godís Love, Peter Kreeft cites an old legend which says that one of Johnís young disciples once came to him complaining, ďWhy donít you talk about anything else?Ē John replied, ďBecause there isnít anything else.Ē
Godís love is certainly at the heart of the mission and message of Jesus. In his earlier gospel account, John recorded the words, ďFor God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal lifeĒ (John 3:16).
The apostle Paul tells us that Godís love is at the core of how we live, and he reminds us that ďneither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LordĒ (Rom. 8:38-39).
Godís love is so strong, available, and stabilizing that we can confidently step into each day knowing that the good things are gifts from His hand and the challenges can be faced in His strength. For all of life, His love is what matters most. óBill Crowder
Thank You, O Lord, that Your love is rich and pure, measureless and strong!
Godís love stands when all else has fallen.
INSIGHT: In 1 John we see what characterizes a life that exhibits Godís supernatural love. The Greek word for this kind of love is agape, a self-sacrificial giving of oneís self in time, money, or energy. At the root of this divine care is the idea of esteem. God values human beings because we reflect His image.
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