#fromthejournalfridays is a real throwback today, to an old (literally the spine is separating) bible study journal of mine, where I studied several books of the bible and took notes on a few verses at a time. This entry was about God’s love.
January 22, 2014
Notes on 1st John 3.1-3
“Behold what wonderful love the father has given to us, that we might be called children of God, and so we are! Because of this, the world does not know us, because it did not know him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that if he should appear, we will be like him, because we shall see him just as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”1 John 3.1-3, my own translation
This passage is just too beautiful not to make concrete on this page. And that is exactly what John is calling us to do here–behold his tangible, transforming love, that has changed everything, from the innermost identity to the outermost activity we engage in.
But before we can turn to pour this love out, we must behold it.
Stare at it under you shudder at grace’s amazing call into this wonderful love.
Behold it, until it is holding you again.