Tag Archives: John 3:16

I Am Your Child…Not a Robot

What a week it has been, Father! Thank You for Your strength, Your wisdom, and Your rest through it all. May I be used of You this day. Amen.

1 John 3:1-3 (<<click here)

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”

What a privilege to be called children of God! We are not just His creation or His servants, His followers, His robots or His puppets. We are His children and he proudly owns up to the fact that we are His children.

One of the fun banterings parents have back and forth is that when kids are well behaved they are my children and when they misbehave or are ornery they are your children. It’s all done in fun but in many situations, fun is not the intent. How many families are broken because a child or a parent has said or done something that is labeled as “unforgivable”? And there it sits. The anger or hurt or pride runs so deep and is so ingrained that attempts at reconciliation are futile.

Lord, I am so grateful that Your word does not equate You with anger or pride but it says You are love. 1 John 4:8 Love is the driving force in how You feel about us. You love us so “very much” that “[You] call us [Your] children.” Many of us diligently strive to separate ourselves from You. But regardless of destructive actions, Your mind will not be changed. The indisputable fact remains that You love us. You love us so much that You gave Your very life so that we might be saved. John 3:16

Thank You for Your love. Thank You for not letting me go…

Apr 23rd, Sun, 6:25 am

The Essence of Our Entirety

It’s one of those quiet evening times where I get myself to settle down and write (or type as the case may be). Father, there is no greater companion than You. Today has not been a crazy day by any means but through it all, we have been together. Thank You for Your comforting presence.

1 John 2:3-6 (<<click here)

Lord, if I tried to put the essence of your entirety into one single word, it would have to be the word LOVE. The Apostle John himself a few verses later in this epistle states that You are love. 1 John 4:8

He is also the apostle that, in his Gospel, quotes You as saying,

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. John 15:12

Here in this passage he says,

3And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 4If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 5But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. 6Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Lord, the life You lived on this old earth was a life of love from the moment You chose to come to live amongst us to the moment You were taken up into heaven following the forty days You encouraged the disciples after Your resurrection. Why can’t we get it? It is so simple, Youloveus! Every interaction with every single individual of Your creation was full of love. Even Your sternness with the religious leaders of Your day was tough love. You want no one to perish. John 3:16

So…if we claim to “know God” we should obey You. If we say that we “live in God” then we “should live [our] lives as Jesus did.” We must love the lovable and those who are not.

In fact, we must not just love the unlovable but we must love the hateful, as well. What were some of Your final words from the cross?

“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”   Luke 23:34

May others be able to put the essence of our entirety into one single word as well – LOVE. Amen!

Apr 6th, Thurs, 8:18 pm

He’s Coming!

Father, it was a bit of a restless night with the scent of a skunk foraging around the house but I am here. Help me to focus on You and what You have me learn today. Amen.

2 Peter 3:1-18 (<<click here)

Roughly 2000 years ago, Lord, while living here amongst us, You spoke of Your eminent return. That has been quite a while, but the length of time that has passed or that has yet to pass, has no bearing on its truth or validity. People like to argue that there is nothing to Your promise because it was made so long ago. They could not be more wrong. You are coming back when You decide to return. Our timetable is not Your timetable. For as Peter admonishes us to not forget that “a day is like a thousand years [to You], Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”

Lord, You are not slow or hesitant – You are patient – You are long-suffering…and it is for our sake. “[You do] not want anyone to be destroyed but [You want} everyone to repent.” You yourself said, “For this is how God love the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

This past Sunday at church Daniel and Renita Koehn ministered to my joint congregations through music and Daniel dramatically delivered chapters 12-17 of the Gospel of John. After the service one of our young ladies came and asked me about John 12:25, as to what it meant,

“Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity.”

Absolutely nothing we accumulate here of a physical nature will remain. As the old adage goes, we can’t take it with us. Peter emphasizes that everything on this earth will pass through the fires of judgment – it will all be destroyed. Only our souls and the things of the heart we have stored up will continue to exist.

I told this sweet young lady that when we lose a loved one that everything physical about it will one day be gone and that all that will remain will be our love and memories of them. Only what we do for Christ will remain. Lord, help me to live out Peter’s admonition.

“And so, dear friends, while You are waiting for those things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives than are pure and blameless in his sight.” v.14

Amen. So be it.

Mar 21st, Tues, 6:26 am