So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. (1 John 4:16a)
“You are loved.”
If you worship with LifePoint regularly, you’re not unaccustomed to hearing those three words. They’re spoken over you every week. They’re the punctuation mark of our worship gatherings.
But how do we know those words are true? How do we know that God loves us? The apostle John says it’s because we “confess that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 4:15). Whoever makes that confession by faith, “God abides in him, and he in God.” And that, says John, is how we come to know and believe God’s love for us (4:16a, see above).
So whether we are gathered for worship on Sunday or at work on Monday, Jesus must be our faithful confession. In our words, thoughts, actions, and attitudes, we make it known that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, which means that all of life is an occasion to receive God’s love. There is not a moment when His love is out of your reach, because there is not a moment when this confession ceases to be the most important thing about you.
Therefore, “you are loved” is not a sentimental statement you hear only once a week. Instead it is the smile of God, providing you with assurance of His gracious blessing upon you as you go forth to bear witness for His Son in your neighborhood, workplace, school, home, or wherever you find yourself.
Are you living in the reality of those three simple words? Is there a disconnect in your life between what you confess on Sunday and the way you live Monday through Saturday? At some point this week, you’ve been agitated, unkind, and bitter toward others—you’ve been unbelieving and apathetic toward God, haven’t you? Yeah, me too. The Good News is, those are the very instances where God wants to bring you back to the faithful confession, “Jesus is the Son of God.” Through that confession, you and I can renounce our sinful impulses and receive the free gift of His love.
You can start by praying, Lord, You know the areas of my life where Jesus is not being glorified. Forgive me and grant me the grace to confess Him faithfully moment by moment. I ask that your love would transform my life in every way, so those around me can know that Jesus truly is Your Son. Amen.
Will we gather this Sunday as a people who know how loved we really are?
Set List for Sunday, June 24, 2018:
Center My Life (A. Ivey, B. Land)
O Praise The Name (B. Hastings, M. Sampson, D. Ussher)
How Deep The Father’s Love For Us (S. Townend)
Build My Life (P. Barrett, K. Kaple, K. Martin, M. Redman, B. Younker)
More Like Jesus (B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood, K. Stanfill, B. Younker)