1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Throughout the book of 1 John we see a theme – Love.
Chapter 1 – Love and Forgiveness
Chapter 2 – Love One Another
Chapter 3 – Love and Obedience
Chapter 4 – Love and Fear
Chapter 5 – Love and Confidence/Assurance
The author, John, was known as John the Beloved, or the disciple whom Jesus loved. In the time when Jesus was here on this earth, you didn’t have to look far to find out where John was – he was as close to Jesus as he could get.
He would be the one leaning on his chest as they sat to eat or to rest. He was part of the inner circle that stayed with Jesus unto the end. He was the one who went in with Jesus when he was arrested and brought before the high priest. He was the one named who stood at the foot of the cross and was told to care for Mary after Jesus had died.
Loving someone can bring out the best and the worst in us. If we love with no thought of return, we can give without expectation. But our human nature has an elemental need – to know that we are loved. It brings a confidence and a security to know that the one who loves us will always be there.
God’s love for us is truly amazing! It is an enduring, undying, and unconditional love. There is no one on the face of the earth who can love like God loves. His love is not preferential, opinionated, or conditional. He has love enough for all and it will never run out. The love my God has for me is deeper and far more personal that I have ever known with anyone else – ever.
That love that my Heavenly Father has for me breeds a confidence in my soul – one that even death cannot shake. God’s promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him when I leave this world is comforting and instills a peace that all is well and will be well even when life shows its most gruesome side.
I tell folks that you have 100% success rate of making it through every day up to today. Should that streak end suddenly, Jesus awaits to receive you into His glory and the promise of Heaven eternal.
Our faith can be shaken by many things. But the closer you are to Jesus, the more you will be confident in the love He has for you. No matter who you are or how close you feel you may be; we can all draw closer to God.
With the new year approaching, we can purpose to make that our goal – be closer in 2019 than we were in 2018. Reading the Word of God, prayer, service and being faithful are just some of the things we can do to make that happen.
Rest in His love. Know the personal side of that love. Go forth in that love to share it with any and every one who will listen. Then, step back and see if you aren’t closer than you were before!