Since becoming a Christian in 1962, the truth of God’s love toward the world of Adam’s seed has overwhelmed me. After all these years I still find the idea of loving people that are “worse” than I was/am troubles, me because such love is the kind of love God has as demonstrated by the incomparable verse here:
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (NKJV).
Fred “Mr.” Rogers was attempting to get this truth to people when he wrote this:
“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.” Fred Rogers.
Mr. Rogers also said:
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
The problem with we humans, even though we claim redemption is that we as mere humans cannot love as did Christ without some help from Jesus.
In the First Epistle of John of whom it is said was the disciple whom Jesus loved, the words for love is mentioned 41 times.
In this short Epistle, we are told over and again to love one another. Perhaps John hammers on this as he is the one Apostle who gives the account of Peter being transformed from the coward who denied Jesus three times, to one who suffered the torment of exile on the Isle of Patmos.
John’s Gospel records the step by step teaching Peter by the Master Teacher, Jesus, that Peter was incapable of the right kind of love except this love be accepted as a gift from the Holy Spirit. By nature, humans are not all that loving or lovable. But by the grace of an infusion of divine love, we can be Christlike in this deepest of human need, to know we are loved and also that we can love as did Christ.
Yes, I am writing this morning with my sweater buttoned.
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