This blog post comes to you just a few days before the new year.
This is a good time to take a few minutes to reflect on the past year with these suggested questions:
- What was most painful about the year?
- How did God intervene in your life this last year?
- What do you thank the Lord for from this past year?
- How have you seen His goodness in this last year?
Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly.
Hoping you and yours had a blessed Christmas and have a grace-filled new year.
I was recently asked the question, “How do you experience the love of God?” This is a good question to ponder. I am not sure I had ever really thought about this question. Sure I know he loves me, Christ died on the cross because He loves me and so on. These are intellectual truths that I know, but how do I experience His love for me?
For me there are many ways as I reflected on the question. Here are a few bullet points for me:
- He hears and answers my prayers
- He comforts me in my trials
- He forgives my sins as I confess them
- He directs my paths and instructs me from His Word
- I can rest when I reflect on Him and His love for me
What I have shared here are only a few that I have written in my journal. They may or may not be true for you.
May I suggest that you take a minute to ponder this question? How do you experience the love of God?
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thess. 1:11-12)
Take a moment to pray the above for some people the Lord brings to your mind.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Heb. 1:1-3).
Jesus is the One we are to look at and model ourselves after. He is the One who shows us how to live and minister and walk with God. He is the One who created the world and holds all things together. He is the One who is at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Jesus is the One.
Take a moment to reflect on these verses and offer praise and thanksgiving to the Father. Take a moment to reflect on the One.