Friday, September 18, 2015

The Love of God

Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 
In my Father's house are many rooms...And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth who the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 
In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 
Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends...You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth...and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me.
I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours....and I am glorified in them.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one... so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
The glory that you have given me I have given to that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
[verses from John 14-17, emphasis mine]

See what kind of love that Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
(1 John 3:1-2, 4:16)

I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
(Philippians 3:12)


  1. It's interesting that most of the active verbs in these passages apply to God. He bears the most of the action and responsibility...reminding me it's nothing we have done or continue to do, but everything God graciously does in us.

    1. Yes, I saw that this time when reading through John. It was good. <3


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