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March 6 | John 15:5-8


 

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True Love

by Judy Webb


I wonder how many folks plod through life thinking they are good people, and assuming the invitation to Eternal Life will be theirs? I wonder how many truly understand who God is and how much He loves each of us.


I had a conversation years ago with a co-worker who never went to church, didn't pray or read Scripture (his admission), but told me he thought he was a good person and he just knew he would get to Heaven. His reasoning was, "I never killed anybody. I am a nice person, and I am honest."


I would never judge this person’s faith or predict his future, but I know that his everyday life could have been much more hope-filled had he only gone the extra mile to build a relationship with Jesus. His heart might overflow with joy, if only he would embrace Jesus. But, like many, giving up that Sunday morning sleep or sporting activity is simply too much to ask. Having never been exposed to the truest joy a person could know, how can we reach someone who thinks they have it all together?


During 2023, my Word(s) were, abide, delight, and dwell. To me, each word was a command from God to get closer to Him. It was a decree that I get into the Word more and that I study it and learn what it means for me to Abide. The more I did this, the more I felt a nearness to God, and it gave me great joy, or Delight. This process of Dwelling in the Bible, taking in all that it instructs and then applying it to life, provided such peace.


None of our lives are easy, and we all grow because of our challenges. Looking back to seasons of grief and pain, I know I am a better person because of those times. It was then I turned to God and learned how much He loves.


"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." (John 15:7)


As for my friend, I must pray for him diligently. When I abide in Him and pray for my friend’s salvation, God will hear the prayer. Abiding is the secret of a successful prayer life.


PRAYER

Dear Father, Remind me every day to pray for friends and relatives who do not know you or understand your love for them. Give me courage to share my story every chance I get. Better yet, prompt me to share Your Son's story. Amen.






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