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Most Important Job

My seven year old grandson asked me, “Papa, what is your most important job?”

Well, I thought that’s easy, “It’s being your Papa!” His response was so simple and

yet profound. He said with a bit of, you should really know this answer, in his

voice… “No, Papa it’s to love everyone.” His answer has stuck with me. For some

reason it has etched itself in my mind. Over and over I think… My most important

job is to love everyone. Everyone includes even those people who I really do not

want to love.

God agrees with my grandson! I know, maybe it’s the other way around. The

Apostle John said, “For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We

should love one another.” 1 John 3:11.  It’s clear that from the beginning, God’s

most important job has not changed.

God also makes it clear that our ability to love is sourced in him. God is the source

of love. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone

who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not

know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8.  Experiencing his love and

forgiveness on a personal level makes us able to love and forgive ourselves and

others.  Because God is perfect in his love he can give us the ability to love beyond

our human limitation, to love with his kind of love, a perfect, selfless and

unconditional love.

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. We often think about romantic love but how

about making the effort to expand the circle, fulfill your most important job… love

everyone. The beginning might be to experience God’s love and forgiveness

personally. This prayer might help you express your desire…

God I want to personally experience your love and forgiveness. I know I have lived

independently of you. I want to invite you to come into my life to be the one who

guides me and gives me eternal life. Thank you for sending Jesus to die on the

cross for my sins. Thank you that I can trust you to direct me and to give me the

strength to be the kind of person you want me to be. Amen

If you prayed this to express your desire to God, he has heard you prayer. You can

be confident that he has responded to your faith and you can be confident that:

1.       God’s Spirit now lives inside you                Revelations 3:20

2.       Your sins are forgiven     Colossians. 1:13-14

3.       You are a child of God  John 1:12

4.       You received eternal.  life      I John 5:11-13

5.       You will begin to experience God’s love and forgiveness in your life and

relationship. God bless you. Amen.

 

(All SOLID men meet every third Sundays of the month at the end of 2nd service under the gallery.)

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