God Loving Us Perfectly
by Jon Walker
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ …. Colossians 2:9-10 (NIV)
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Today’s guest devotional is provided by Jon Walker –
Perfect love desires communion, the sharing of life together, and so it cannot be expressed from a distance. God so perfectly loved the world that he came up close in Christ, stepping into the brokenness of our lives (1 John 1:1-3):
· Into our emptiness, Jesus brings fullness and completion (Colossians 2:9-10).
· Into our deficit, Jesus brings supply (Philippians 4:19).
· Into our death, Jesus brings life (Ephesians 2:1, 5).
· Into our separation, Jesus brings reconciliation (Romans 5:10-11).
· Into our imperfect love, Jesus brings his perfect love (1 John 4:10).
When we know, and believe, that God is determined to love us perfectly, we can stop being self-absorbed and we can start being conformed to Christ (Romans 12:2). When we don’t believe God is determined to love us perfectly, we end up living like our best choice is to take care of ourselves.
And then, we become so busy taking care of ourselves that we have little time for authentic, transparent, loving community with others.
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and best-known churches. In addition, Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church, which was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th Century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for ministers.