Saturday, October 10, 2015

What is Enough?

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We spent the summer with some great photographers and having a second chance to be blessed by the spiritual thoughts some of their work led to.  Then we had our "bouncing" series that alternated between blogs, discussing the pitfalls of letting our things possess us instead of us just owning them.  And there was a brief, related LifeNotes series.  So, it's been awhile since we've had the blessing of a Todd Parsons devotional.  The wait is over!

1 John 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 3:16 (AMP)  By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [in Him].

     I know in me there is a tendency to perceive the love God has for me by the condition of my soul. How good am I? How clean is my heart? Am I sinning or am I believing God enough? How is my faith? Is it pleasing to God? Does He see me as I see me? These can be questions as well as others that I put forth as my criteria for critiquing myself and often the outcome is not going to look so good if I am humble and honest...

     What is then enough? How can I know God is satisfied?

1 John 4:10-11  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation (mercy seat) for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 4:19  We love Him, because He first loved us.

     God has first loved you and I. That is all I need. I can "let" that be enough. When I will "let" God be greater than I, then enough is enough. I need not go back and measure myself by any other means than Christ and Him crucified and Him resurrected and ascended. I am purged and forgiven, once and for all. Now it's for me to grow in this truth of His Grace, that I do not grow or exalt in my evaluation but in His.

1 John 3:20-21  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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