The Love of Jesus/Love of God–yesterday I wrote about this topic and the emphasis the New Testament gives to them. I started the book of James in my morning devotions. I have always appreciated deeply this book. James is a no-nonsense writer. If I were giving James’ message it would sound something like: “For heaven’s sake, if you know Jesus loves you and you love Him, don’t just sit back and bask in this, do something to promote others knowing His Love too!”
In my devotional book, the message this morning was on Christ’s love. John writes in his own book that he is the disciple Jesus loved. When I was younger and read this I figured John must have been egotistical to write this. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that Jesus would say that to him. However, the older I get the more I realize that John didn’t seem to have the hang-ups which block us from believing Jesus could love us. This was my huge issue. Doing the works James writes about were my attempts to “earn Christ’s love”.
Today I can join John and say with him, “I am the one Jesus loves.” There is no ego attached to it. There is only deep gratitude and humility with great assurance it is real! How grateful I am for Christ’s faithfulness in leading us into His Love for us. It is just as true for you as it is for me and as it was 2000 years ago for John.