1 John 3 - 5
To know the Truth, is thereby to know the counterfeit. A bank teller examines, studies and comes to fully know the real money by sight, feel and even smell! They do not need to examine all the different variations of the counterfeit. Just to know the real deal, then when the counterfeit crosses their fingertips, they know it immediately.
This same definitive compare and contrast of these chapters brings such simplicity to who we are and how we are to conduct our lives. We are not given to striving, questioning or wondering - it is either Truth or it is not! With each new point, we are told “This is how you will know … “! Oh to allow ourselves to truly walk in this simplicity, can we refrain from complicating?
Now take a small journey with me: Please take a minute to remember a person or situation that has been "overwhelmingly generous”. It doesn’t matter whether you were the recipient or witnessed / participated. Just recall the situation. Take a moment to recall details: feelings, emotions, sights, colors, and smells.
At some point don’t we all reach a moment of feeling, "I am not sure how to thank him for all of this". Such overwhelming generosity leaves us wanting to give or say something, but everything seems to fall short in comparison to what you just received or witnessed. Aren’t we stumped and speechless?
The past couple of weeks the children, youth and some amazing Moms have been preparing a Father’s Day gift to hand out on Sunday (small plug not to miss church on Sunday!). Through this process we have been overwhelmed at the incredible generosity of the person leading the charge for the project, Ken Rains. In every step Ken has overwhelmingly poured out his love on us. Yesterday, last night and again this morning our prayer has been, Lord show us how we can bless this incredible man?
In today’s reading of 1 John 3 - 5 we are told to Love, Love and Love some more … Did we mention LOVE?
In 3:11 “For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
Followed by the powerful verses of 16, “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us...”
Now hit the PAUSE button here and let that settle within us. Some of us have heard that so often, that we might miss the weight and power of it. Take a breath and really sit in this, say it out loud to Him: “You laid down Your life for me. You laid down Your life for me.” Holy Spirit, let that wash afresh over us today. May we not brush over it, but may we feel the weight, the depth of love and power of this today.
Such overwhelming generosity, such love like we have never known.
I pray we are all experiencing those same feelings of wanting to say or do something, but not sure how or what in comparison?
1 John 3:16-18, “This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers..."
Verse 18 “Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.”
Let’s start today and everyday, meditating on the truth that Jesus laid down His life for us and asking the Holy Spirit how we can lay down our life for someone/s today. How can we overwhelmingly love someone today?
Bill & Sonya Polino