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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sunday Reflection: Jesus Loves Me This I Know

One of the first songs I sang as a child in church and taught my children to sing was Jesus Loves Me, that began as a poem, written by Anna Bartlett Warner, and joined with music, by William Batchelder Bradbury (who added a chorus to the original poem), in the 1860’s.

Even today, I catch myself singing it to myself to sooth my soul.

Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.
Sometimes we get confused about God’s love because we think that if He actually loved us he wouldn’t let children die, nature destroy lives and property and other horrible things. We may think, if God truly loved us he would make all things better.

He did in the beginning! God’s plan for a perfect world for us was messed up by his human creations surrendering to sin. We’ve never learned our lesson either, about sin; we continue to mess up. After that, God focused on restoring the relationship between Him and Humankind. He sent his son Jesus to die for our sin—covering what we did and do in sin because God is Holy and cannot look on sin. That may seem hard to understand or harsh, but God is not a fairy godfather granting wishes. He is Holy and made of the purest love. 
God has prepared a place for His children to spend eternity—with Him, when we believe in Him and His son, Jesus.  God loved you so much that he sent his beloved son to die for you so that you can spend a perfect eternity in the Kingdom of God.

A different version of John 3:16-17

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.John 3:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Blessings,
Teresa

Sources: Wikipedia, Hymntime, Biblegateway.com

5 comments:

  1. We had a perfect world and we messed it up. (Don't we always?) One day the earth will be perfect for us again, but until then, we have Heaven to look forward to.

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  2. Very inspiring post, my friend. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday.

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  3. Humans mess everything up, the one thing they do good

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  4. Unfortunately, we're stuck with what we are, but if Orwell was right, the four-legged critters wouldn't do much better. Must be something awry in the cosmic scheme that needs fixing.

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  5. Yeah but wasn't god so disgusted with the humans that he sent Noah's flood to destroy everything? This is some awful world we are in now...things have gone from bad to worse too.

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