It has been said that in order for people to receive and understand a message they must see/hear it a minimum of three times…here are 3 verses in the same letter about today’s message. May God’s peace be with you. Amen.
“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.”
1 John 4:8 NIV
“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.”
1 John 4:11 NIV
“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There 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. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
1 John 4:16-21 NIV
(This photo was taken in July of 2021 in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado)
“When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.”
Romans 12:12 NIRV
“Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.”
Philippians 4:6 NIRV
“Never stop praying.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIRV
(This photo was taken in September of 2020 at a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)
Originally posted in December of 2015…interesting to see how my writing and post format have changed over time.
There is a significant difference between knowing about God and truly knowing God. It is all about relationship. To know about Him is to know the right words, to memorize some stories and to even to be able to speak about Him. I have lived this sort of existence for many years of my life and thought I was doing well. Take a moment to think about people in your life…there are some you know about and there are others that you truly know very well. God desires to be someone you truly know.
To truly know Him means to be in relationship with God daily. Through reading, prayer and quiet time between just you and Him. To experience his presence in your daily walk of life. It means you are willing to share your highs and lows with God. It means you love and trust Him. No matter where you are in life the best way to engage this relationship is to accept His Son Jesus Christ into your heart.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
When you don’t know what else to do…when you are grateful for what you have been given…when things are going well…when things are not going well…pray. God wants a relationship with us, through every part of life…the good, the difficult, the peaceful times as much as the stressful times. The best relationships are built on communication with one another. Turn towards God in prayer…open up your heart and trust in Him…He loves you; He cares for you and He is waiting to hear from you. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
(This photo was taken in August of 2012 on hike along the North Shore of Lake Superior)