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Easter Devotion: Day 3

By April 7, 2017 No Comments

John 3:16, 17
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”

When I was young and in Sunday school, we easily memorized one of the shortest verses in the Bible.

“God IS love.”

Period. Full Stop {for you Brits}. God’s entire essence is LOVE. He created us so He could love.

Yet, if we are honest, we don’t see God as a father of love. We view Him as someone who sees everything we do and is hugely disappointed in our unrealized potential. Yes, He created us good, but we have messed it all up. We say He is love while secretly believing that He is actually an accuser—waiting for us to die so he can point out everything we did wrong.

When my one-year-old son, Oliver, was a bit delayed and struggled to learn how to crawl, walk, or be potty trained, what did I (a human parent) do?

Did I accuse him of being incompetent? Was I extremely angered at him that, once again, I had to change a poopy diaper? Did I scream at him every time he struggled to walk and plopped down on his diaper-padded bottom?

No. I smiled at him. I cheered him on. I encouraged him to not give up–over and over again. I was just so proud he was trying. I knew the end of the story. He would indeed crawl, walk, and even graduate out of diapers (thank God!) IF he believed me and did not give up.

Why do we view our heavenly Father any differently? What if instead of being disappointed in you, he sees your effort to live in the light, and he is your biggest cheerleader? He knows you are going to fall as you learn, and he doesn’t want to see you just give up and stay in your diapers. He stands in front of you, with a big smile, saying: “Just keep your eyes on me. Keep trying. You can do it. It doesn’t matter if you fall again, I will be there to pick you up. I love you. Period.”

“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture […]

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. – Romans 8:34-39

Take time today to pause and allow God to remind you of the great love He has for you–no matter what you have done. Nothing can separate you. I recommend listening to this song:

 

I dedicate this series of devotional writings to my grandfather, Roger Crowell, who passed away on March 31. He was the ultimate lover of devotional books. He had an unbreakable habit of waking up every morning and connecting with God through the writings of others.

Pa, I am glad you are now constantly in His presence.
Love, Your granddaughter — Olivia Puccini

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