60. John, the beloved
John, Jesus’s Apostle and evangelist lives a relationship close to perfection with Jesus.
He’s not perfect, but John seems to have found the way to surrender to the Heart of God. He reveals to us the truth. John is the only one who sums up the Heart of God and the core message of the Bible, in three words:
“God is Love.” 1 John, chapter 4, verse 16b
And John wrote just before:
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.” 1 John, chapter 4, verse 16a
John speaks to “us” in this last statement, but is he aware of what this implies: “We have come to know and to believe in the Love God has for us.” However, to have written it, John must have experienced the Love of God in the depths of his being.
John is near God. It is therefore possible to believe in God and to know his Love. But are we aware of it? How do we determine that we know his Love?
Some texts in the Bible give the impression that God isn’t Love. How many of our contemporaries like to rebel against God and say that with all that is happening in our world, God cannot be Love? It just keeps on going.
Let’s add this excerpt:
“Whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” 1 John, Chapter 4, verse 16b
John’s powerful words remind us to remain in Love to know God.
So why do we deny God’s truth? What are the reasons for being opposed to John’s words? Consciously or unconsciously, in many ways and words we assume that God isn’t Love. Why does attraction to evil lead us so far?
It’s crucial to update our database. “God is Love” and God can only be Love. Maybe we underestimate the Love of God, but we can never overestimate the Love of God.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Let’s reveal God, Normand Thomas