Thursday, August 23, 2007

Jeremiah 31 & 32; 1 John 4

Standing naked, living naked is yucky so I’m trying to ignore it, trying to stay distracted and pretend I’m not. Maybe I’m not even still naked? And maybe I never was and to think of stripping down more… I’m not so sure I’m on board with it….but I want to be. The whole of praying for YOU to be enough….of praying to hear from You….what am I gonna do with what I hear? I hope and pray for obedience. I hope and pray to choose well. So maybe I’m not completely naked yet…that sucks worse.

But if I as a , desiring to be fully devoted follower of Christ don’t learn how to live somewhat Naked (metaphorically speaking) how can I expect to love without expectation. How can I or you if we are more worried about ourselves and what we're ‘wearing’, truly ever be fully devoted to Christ, won’t I always be about my own comfort? Most of the descriptions of being naked were full of fear and trepidations and yet what if we just DID IT…what if I already have and I’m not willing to stay there???…..

1 John 4
Test the Spirits
1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
God's Love and Ours
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for
our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Hard stuff and yet really really good stuff….pursuing the hard…..that’s maybe easier said than done.
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1 comment:

Barbara (aka Layla) said...

my comment didn't show up.

i will retype it later pretty sure it was my error.