John – God and Love
When I want to do quick once over to household chores, I don’t wear glasses. What I don’t see well, I don’t clean, therefore the work is done in no time! BUT, if I am expecting company or family, it’s a different story. I wear my glasses to really see the dirt I need to clean well. I will know if I have done it by putting on my glasses and focusing on the filth that has been there all along.
Sometimes we live our lives without the aid of clear focus on Christ. We get frustrated at people who do not agree with us or hurt us with their words and we shut them out of our lives. Love becomes focused only on the hurt. We become more unfocused on God’s love. Since God IS love, we lose focus of who God is. We lose focus of God. God and love are the same. We are his “kids” if we love God, accept His love for us and then love others the way He loves us. It is a “simple test” to see the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children. It takes focus. Need help? Ask God. He will help us see others through the lens of God and His love.
1 John 3, The Message
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
2-3 But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.
4-6 All who indulge in a sinful life are dangerously lawless, for sin is a major disruption of God’s order. Surely you know that Christ showed up in order to get rid of sin. There is no sin in him, and sin is not part of his program. No one who lives deeply in Christ makes a practice of sin. None of those who do practice sin have taken a good look at Christ. They’ve got him all backward.
7-8 So, my dear children, don’t let anyone divert you from the truth. It’s the person who acts right who is right, just as we see it lived out in our righteous Messiah. Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the Devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin. The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil’s ways.
9-10 People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin. Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: The one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister. A simple test.
11 For this is the original message we heard: We should love each other.
12-13 We must not be like Cain, who joined the Evil One and then killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because he was deep in the practice of evil, while the acts of his brother were righteous. So don’t be surprised, friends, when the world hates you. This has been going on a long time.
14-15 The way we know we’ve been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn’t love is as good as dead. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don’t go together.
16-17 This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us!” Do we extend marvelous love to others…all of them…even the ones who hurt, shame or disagree with us? Simple test.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your love is truly amazing, marvelous, unconditional, unrelenting and sometimes unimaginable. Thank you for loving us enough to save us from sin and ourselves. Continue to open our eyes to see each other they way you see us and love like you love. Thank you, Lord for loving us.
In Jesus Name,