May 20, 2020

1 John 4:16

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.

 

I wear glasses.

The reason I wear glasses is simple: Without them, I cannot see the world clearly. Distant objects are indistinct blobs. People’s faces and intentions are unrecognizable. Heck, my normal eyesight is so bad I can’t even read signs until they’re smacking me in the face! 

It boils down to this: I simply cannot interact with the world effectively if I can’t see clearly. So I need glasses to adjust the way I view the world.

What kind of lenses do we view the spiritual world through? Left to ourselves in our fallen state, we live our lives like we’ve lost our spiritual glasses. Apart from God our lives are plagued by self-interests, skewed desires and troubled relationships. We often THINK we see the world clearly enough, but any honest assessment of ourselves, our world and our history tells us we do not.

Have you come to truly “know and believe the love that God has” for you, as John writes in our passage? Has God’s love for you changed how clearly you see the rest of the world? And has this love helped you focus on the needs of others more, to bear their burdens, and to make sacrifices of your own comforts on someone else’s behalf?

Do you see the world through the lenses of God’s great love? 

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