1 John 5:1-5, 13-21

            In a world that is constantly changing, the need for people to experience meaning and stability in their lives is more pronounced than ever.  Whether someone wonders if he will have his job tomorrow; whether someone worries about the state of the economy and if her investments will be secure; whether someone is anxious about what kind of world her kids will have when they grow up; whether someone feels adrift in an information age, glutted with so much stuff and not knowing what is real or true; whether someone becomes discouraged when difficulty seemingly has no end to it; whether someone is concerned about the church’s future; no matter what we are experiencing, there are some bedrock certainties that the Christian can hang his/her hat on:
 
            “I have written to let you know that you have eternal life.”
“We are certainthat God will hear our prayers when we ask for what pleases him.”
“If we know that God listens when we pray, we are sure that our prayers have already been answered.”
“We are sure that God’s children do not keep on sinning.  God’s own Son protects them, and the devil cannot harm them.”
            “We are certainthat we come from God.”
            “We know that Jesus Christ the Son of God has come and has shown us the true God.”
 
            Knowing God through loving and obeying Him is the sacred pathway to personal and corporate peace.  When the supreme ethic of love takes place in the believer’s life, through receiving it from God and giving it to others, it brings a sense of divine assurance in a sea of worldly uncertainty.  Security in God will always trump the insecurities of life.
 

 

            Loving God, I know that you listen to me.  I pray that your love and assurance will fill me to such a place that I have peace amidst the vicissitudes of this life.  May I rest in Jesus Christ through the work of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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