Devotional for Thursday February 22nd

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Graciousness”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, was reclining close beside Jesus … This is the disciple who testifies to these things …” John 13:23; 21:24 (CSB)

 

Our thought for today: “What if you lived like you’re loved?”

 

There’s a song by the artist Hawk Nelson which is popular on Christian radio right now. The title is “Live like you’re loved”. The chorus goes:

 

“So go ahead and live like you’re loved

It’s ok to act like you’ve been set free

His love has made you more than enough

So go ahead and be who he made you to be.”

 

What if we really did live like we knew we are loved by God? How much would that change us? Sociologists have a theory they call “The Looking-Glass Self”. This theory holds that over time a child will become what the most important person in their life thinks they are. So if the most important person to that child is their mother, and if the mother constantly tells the child they are stupid, the child will inevitably do poorly in school. But if the mother constantly affirms the child’s intelligence, that child will do well. You will become what the most important person in your life believes you to be.

 

Jesus was the most important person in the life of the Apostle John. Early on, when John first began following Jesus, Jesus playfully referred to him and his brother James as “The Sons of Thunder!” That was because John and James were rough tough fishermen with short tempers and loud mouths. But Jesus knew John could be different and better. After spending three years with Jesus, and realizing that he was deeply loved by Jesus, John changed into the man Jesus believed him to be. Historically John became known as “The Apostle of Love”. That was because being loved by Jesus was the most important reality in John’s life and it is what formed his personality. It changed John to the point that he went from being a “Son of Thunder” to “the Apostle of Love.”

 

What if we lived like we knew we are loved? Philip Yancey asks the question, “How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees?”

 

Becoming a gracious person begins with receiving God’s grace. You can’t give what you don’t have. So first and foremost, receive His grace and know that you are loved. Then His grace and His love will change you. You will begin to become the person He knows you can be.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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