Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3 (John 16:27)

For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  (ESV)

It is great to have friends.  It is fun to spend time with those you like, and quite often those relationships can lead to work and service opportunities that are truly fulfilling.  As for loneliness, few pains in life can be so bleak and unending.  It can feel as if the world is going on right outside your window, completely ignoring you.

Yet the person with a thousand friends and the person with none have something in common.  Their social situation is nothing compared with their relationship with God.  Friends come and go.  God never moves.  The darkness of being alone can be illuminated by the One Who is light.  Pause on these words from Jesus.  God our Father loves you.  He loves you.  Put your own name into this verse.  Say it out loud.  Let it sink in.  God.  Loves.  You.

Life is too much to bear alone, and if you think that you are handling it just fine with the friends and family around you, remember that they, like you, are only human.  Life is too much for mere human strength to handle.  God loves you, and that is your true source of strength.

Jesus, I do love You.  Thank You for reminding me that this love is not a one way street, that Your Father and mine loves me even more.

Copyright © 2015 by Steven R. Perkins

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