The scripture for today is I John 3:1-7.
1/ How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 2/ Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3/ Everyone who has this hope in Him, purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4/ Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5/ But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins. And in Him is no sin. 6/No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.
5/ Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
We are God's children. Just what does that mean? In the past two years, we have been blessed with our first great-grandchildren, three precious new lives which are such a joy to watch as they unfold and develop. I believe that God experiences joy as He sees new Christians grow and develop into reflections of His Son, Jesus, and God Himself.
What causes this growth and development? Initially, it is the realization that we are loved and cared for. In families and communities where we are secure in His love, we grow through the guidance of the Word and the work of God's self-giving Holy Spirit, slowly turning us from the darkness of self-love into the light of His love. As we continue to live in that light, living in the Lord Jesus, our sins will become fewer and fewer. I John 3:2 says, “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
As Paul assured the Philippian Christians, “And I am sure that God who began a good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished” (Phil. 1:6), our journey complete on that day when we stand in God's presence, cleansed, redeemed and sanctified through Jesus' precious blood.
Thank you, Father God, for your incomprehensible patience with us, as you “mold us and make us after Your will”. Thank you for the joy that is ours as we read your Word, trusting that we will bring You joy as our journey through life on this earth is completed. May we remember to be as patient with others as you continue to be with us.
Sarah (Sally) Messmer
Prayer Concern: Those who do not have a community of love in which to grow.