i was sitting in my car this afternoon waiting to pick Zoey up from school whenever i started reading 1 John 4:7-21
It's the passage about God's Love and Ours..... i started reading and was like ooooo this verse is good it needs to be underlined, ooo so does this one, o my and this one too..... WOW all of these! I felt funny because i was like underlining as i was going and i was like i should have just circled the whole passage instead of underlining all this haha..... all that to say, i think this passage is now one of my favorites!!!
it's kind of funny because i have been reading 1 John all weekend and then we talked about it in my New Testament class today.... My professor said the main purpose of 1 John is to give certainty and assurance to Christians, for you to know that your christianity is secure.... how do we know this? well this passage tells us in v 8 Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love. GOD IS LOVE. (v 16) whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
like MAN?!! i remember singing a song my senior year in High School that was called Do They See Jesus in Me.... these verses remind me of that song because there are so many times when we get frustrated with people or situations and we dont handle them or love them the way we are suppose to.....
The song goes like this -
Do they see Jesus in me?
Do they recognize your face?
Do i communicate your love, and your grace?
Do i reflect who You are in the way i choose to be?
Do they see Jesus in me?
Being a christian, i'm suppose to live like Christ and portray Him, but do i?
This may sound so very immature or infant like when coming to the scriptures, but i was like hm God is love.... let's go back to 1 Corinthians 13 and replace the word love for God, everytime it appears. Not that i dont know that He is all of those things; I just remember a guy in chapel the other day saying, "God is love, so do the math" . i was like alright then there sir?! I dont know what he meant by saying that, but i haven't forgotten it. so i kept thinking about all the verses that talked about love and tried to do the math haha. anyways.
I just really like this passage. it's beautiful!
(v 12) If we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.
(v 18) There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
i remember one time in high school i was considering quitting cheerleading, because it wasn't fun anymore and it was just ALL going down hill. i can recall going through a difficult situation and thinking, i can't love this person - me Megan cannot love this person.... i'm going to have to stop trying and love them with God's love. I want to be complete in His love, i want to have no fear in love..... perfect love.... His perfect love.
i had to babysit the Johnson girls tonight - it was very fun! me and mari alice had a ball! i wrapped her up in her blanket and hid her arms underneath where you couldn't see them.... i put her infront of the mirror and was like where are mari hands? she would try so hard to get them out and i would laugh and be like NO and mess with her.... then she'd finally get them out and hold them up REAL high, laugh and then i would say no no and wrap them back up as she giggled more... we did this for a while! It's crazy how much joy the little things can bring you - Mari makes my heart happy! The moments i enjoy most in life are the ones that make me feel like my heart is smiling! It brings tears to my eyes!
I can't wait to be truly in LOVE with the Father - nothing fake or temporary.... my heart longs to be so passionately in love with Him...... and i can't wait..... then one day i will get to express that love to my husband and my kids. my eyes water as i type. When i'm complete in Christ and who He wants me to be.... with Him and His perfect love - then one day it's all going to come together..... i'm so EXCITED!
God i come to You now thanking You for who You are! Thank You for Your word and how it speaks to us. Thank you for the truly simple and beautiful moments in life that fill our hearts and bring tears to our eyes.... those are the moments i live for. I want my heart to be full of you. I want to love you with EVERYTHING i have and be complete in Your love. I want to be overwhelmed by You and Your love for me! Thank You for never giving up on me, and always loving me. May i love like You! May i go to whatever lengths and do whatever it cost, to know You and allow you to change my thoughts, heart, and motives. i love you. Be my eyes.