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One Passage, Nine Days

 9.7.10



Read, ponder, meditate over a passage for seven nine days, "meet God in the same place...", Lyla suggested and I did so, and I was blessed.

The passage was I John 3; those words I ate for nine days.

"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." (v. 1a)

See...just see what kind of love the Father has given to us...
and I had to stop there.
I had to see.
Lord, the only way to see, to really see your love is looking
to the cross.
The Father sent His only begotten Son to suffer,
to die,
to bear the sins of many.
He then turned His face away from
His Son who in spite of not knowing sin,
became sin.
The Lord appeared.
You, Lord, hanging there; You God made man,
humbled unto death,
bearing my sin,
my guilt;
And I did not love you, I did not deserved you;
and yet you died.
I see the kind of love
the Father has given us
and I ponder over it for nine days.

And thus I start my nine days pondering over one passage; and then, the word of God which is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword; pierced  to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerned the thoughts and intentions of my heart. 

I cannot write here all I learned, it is kept in the quiet chambers of my soul.

He appeared! (v.4) The Lord appeared to take away the sins of His own, and He appeared to destroy the works of the devil (v.8) And this is should make us rejoice, and I thanked Him, but the context says more ...

"No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him." (v.6)
"No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother." (v.9-10)

No one who has sin Him keeps on sinning.
There is no excuse.
If I have seen hanging on the cross,
If I have truly seen Him.
I have no excuse
for my sins.
I cannot live in sin.

And the words are there, more words in one passage ready to pierce my heart.

The first sin John mentions I should not live in is lack of love. (v.11-18)

See what kind of love the Father has given to us...
as I see the Father's kind of love for His own, 
I see how far from loving like He does I am.
And I see that lack of love is murder,
and not loving like He does 
is to live holding and not giving.
Love reaches out.
The kind of love the Father gives
is love that gives until death.

The passage has not finished, neither my desire to learn from it. Verses 19- 24 are  more that I deserve.
The Father sent His Son to die on the cross, to suffer my guilt, and that was not all...Now He, as  loving Father, gives me precious promises.

"Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him." (v 21-22)

Now we can come before God, with a cleansed heart, a heart free from the bondage of sin because of the blood of Jesus. And not only that, but we can come and ask boldly before the Throne of Grace, knowing that He hears us and wants to give us whatever we ask from Him.... if we keep his commandments and do what pleases Him.

And I close my Bible and I pray.
I see Him.
I have seen His love.
I am loved.
And all is grace,
undeserving grace.





This post is linked to Lyla's post today. (Gracias Lyla)

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