Dear John: Discovering God's Perfect Love in an Imperfect World
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Everyone wants to be loved. We all want to know we are worth loving despite the mistakes and choices of our past. If you feel unworthy because of your past and wonder if God could still love you, this devotion has been written for you to show you that God loves you unconditionally. And my prayer is that through your study of the Bible and this devotional you will discover God's perfect love for you.
Read John 1
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. John 1:17 - 18
Have you ever been asked what God is like? Did you know how to answer? There are a lot of things about God that we don’t know, such as what he looks like, does he need to eat to stay alive, how is he always awake.
In the Old Testament, the law revealed who God was. In the New Testament, Jesus portrayed his Father in the world. If you read through Leviticus, you will see a pattern in the laws and statutes. God gave his laws to the Israelites, not to keep them from having fun, but to show them who God is by what he values.
Every law shows that God valued humanity above all else. The law showed that God loved and valued all, even the poor widows, orphans, and foreigners. Then God sent his Son to reveal even more about himself. John writes, “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1:14
It is only through Christ that we can know God intimately enough to call him Father. Only through Christ who knows God intimately can we know God. The Old Testament discloses God’s character, but our knowledge expands exponentially when we hear Jesus describe his father and see him live in perfect love with God.
Jesus knew God from the beginning, so he is the perfect one to teach us who God is. And John was part of Jesus’ inner circle for several years which means he is one of the best people to tell us about Jesus and Jesus’ love for all of us. My prayer for you as you read through this devotional, is that you will also discover Jesus’ great love for you.
Which verse in this chapter encouraged you? Why? What do you know about God now? What would you tell someone who asked you to describe God to them? Do you believe God loves you?