…this is his commandment:
We must believe in the name of his Son,
and love one another…
1 John 3:23
If someone has enough money to live well
and sees a brother or sister in need
but shows no compassion—
how can God’s love be in that person?
…let’s not merely say that we love each other,
let us show the truth by our actions.
1 John 3:17-18
If we claim we have no sin,
we are only fooling ourselves
and not living in the truth.
But if we confess our sins to him,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
1 John 1:8-9
…God is light,
and there is no darkness in him at all.
1 John 1:5
A day is like a thousand years to the Lord,
and a thousand years is like a day.
The Lord isn’t really being slow…
…he is being patient for your sake.
He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed,
but wants everyone to repent.
…our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved.
2 Peter 3: 8-9, 15
…make every effort to respond to God’s promises.
Supplement your faith with a generous provision of
brotherly affection, and…
love for everyone.
2 Peter 1:5-7
In his kindness God called you
to share in his eternal glory
by means of Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:10
Watch out for your great enemy,
He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Sad things will come untrue…might-have-beens will be…and losses will work backwards…❤️ What’s not to love about a God who loves us this much…
“The Reason For God” (Timothy Keller) spoke to me throughout its entirety. Some of his words/comments, and quotes of other people, quickened my heart and made me smile:
“Jesus insisted that his return will be with such power that the very material world and universe will be purged of all decay and brokenness. All will be healed and all might-have-beens will be.”
One of Keller’s quotes from Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings: “’Is everything sad going to come untrue?’ The answer of Christianity to that question is—yes. Everything sad is going to come untrue and it will somehow be greater for having been broken and lost.”
And finally, his quote from C.S. Lewis: “They say of some temporal suffering, ‘No future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”
I love Keller’s gathering of these thoughts—and being reminded that somehow, in God’s redeeming and restoring grace, someday every single hurt will be healed and made right.
And finally, one of my very favorite verses:
He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever.
Give all your worries and cares to God,
for he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7