We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16, NAS95) This verse makes me dream and ponder. I think of John the Apostle, his relationship to Jesus and the aura exuded from Him. What did John really perceive? I don’t mean with his eyes, or ears, or anything else. What did John perceive and what marked him so indelibly that he would pen this verse, amidst many, on the idea of God’s love? My first answer refuses to believe that John just carried the right information about God, that God loved him. No. That does not pass the smell test, or the taste test, for me. What motivates John to proclaim so prolifically this Jesus who was crucified? I can think of nothing other than his experience of the presence of Christ and the love that exuded from Him. Yes, John knew God loved him with his head. Jesus, however, introduced him to the recognizable presence of God. Jesus’ way invited, embraced, drew and attracted people. How does anyone exude such warmth, such gentleness, kindness — without words, but with a full presence of focused attention with those He spoke? I apologize. Like I said this verse makes me dream and ponder the experience of Jesus, of God, and now the Spirit. Even as I write, I am lifted up and drawn in to God. I want to abide there, in Him, the love exuded in His presence. I want to reflect that in which I abide. Oh, the problems that go with that! I get distracted. I get anxious. I can start out attentive, but then the wiring of my chaotic heart can cause me to drift and miss remaining present and confident in the God who is with me. Then gently, the Spirit draws me back. “I’m with you, relax. You are not alone.” Even for this past month, God has been reminding me to take breaths between words, to wait to speak, to attend to my interior and the Spirit first in all things. He asks me to abide, and abiding plays a substantial role in my becoming, becoming the love that He is. I know now that I need stillness of soul, spaciousness on my inside, so I can live out of abiding. That spaciousness and stillness allows me to rest and take in His love out of which He wants me to live. Security in Jesus. He’s patient and gentle with my becoming. Father, thank You! Warmly in Christ, Doug Mitts
“He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19, NAS95)
How do you recognize the leadership of God in your life?
What are the things that help you foster remaining in God’s love?