God wants everyone to be saved. As a child of his, I want what he wants. God not only wants everyone to be saved, but he works to this end. As a child of his, I work because God works.

Jesus did not come to condemn, but to save people. (The world already stood condemned.) He sends me out into the world to save people. As his follower, I see each person as a soul in need of forgiveness.

God is perfect in his love. He demands that I, as a child of his, be perfect in love as well. He wants his love to extend to all people.

Jesus speaks a true word that saves. He sends me to speak his same word. As his follower, I am ready at all times to offer to others the opportunity to hear, believe, and obey his word.

So like the Lord Jesus Christ, we say:

So he told them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working” Jn 5.17.

We want to see, but we cannot, now, see the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can love him.

We want to touch and feel, but we cannot, now, touch the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can wait for him and believe in his promise to return.

We want to listen, but we cannot, now, hear his voice. But we can hear the words he taught in person on earth and the words he inspired his apostles and prophets to write in Scripture. And we can hope to hear his words of approval and welcome on the final day. Continue reading

READ: “Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.” Lk 17.3.

THINK: We can’t refuse to forgive a brother and expect God’s forgiveness, Mt 6.12-15. Forgiveness is more than not taking a brother’s error into account; it seeks his restoration through loving confrontation. He who loves rebukes; letting a brother continue in sin shows a lack of concern for his eternal destiny. Continue reading

By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

Let me not confuse success with love;
Our worthiness to others must we prove?
Can we not love the unlucky ones who lose?
The humble, common, and poor will God refuse?
The great and powerful persecute the Way,
So why prefer the rich man’s resumé?
The haughty man of means is pleasing God?
Then why do we the trappings of power applaud?

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By J. Randal Matheny © 2015

Our greatest need: to love and be loved, for this
Were we created — not the passionate kiss,
Nor childish thrills — God made true communion,
The choice of good for others, benevolent action;
He calls to bless and be blessed, to freely give,
To learn to receive, and in receiving, live.

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READ: “My commandment is this—to love one another just as I have loved you” Jn 15.12.

THINK: The perfect love includes one’s enemies, Mt 5.48, but focuses especially on the family of faith. Love is not a feeling, but the decision to do good to a brother. As always, Christ is our example in this. Continue reading