What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life â€“ 2 that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us â€“ 3 what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. Â Â Â 1 John 1:1-4 (HCSB)
The Word of life. Jesus Christ. My LORD and Savior. I weep as I type these words. It’s just really unbelievable sometimes to know Him, call Him friend and have Him call me the same. The Creator of all that is sits down with me and talks to me.
One of the best pieces of wisdom that my husband has spoke into my life was to affirm my relationship with Jesus and encourage me to share my relationship and experiences with others. He told me not to debate Scripture but to share how those Scriptures had come alive in my experiences.
In the eyes of many in this world, I am no one special. I don’t think of myself as special but when I sit down to talk with Jesus I feel Him focusing on just me. I feel and know His tremendous love and I have all that I need. All the empty spaces in me are filled. All the bruises inflicted on me as I walk through life are touched and soothed and healed. I am whole again.
As the days and weeks and years go by in my relationship with Jesus, I find just how much I have to learn from Him. When I first committed my life to Him, I devoured Scripture. I read and studied and read some more. I thought I was learning so much â€“ and I was! But now I am learning how much more there is yet! God’s Word isn’t stagnate, etched in stone words but life and it grows and expands to be as relevant now as it was when Moses first shared with Joshua.
Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light,and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.6 If we say, â€œWe have fellowship with Him,â€ yet we walk in darkness,we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, â€œWe have no sin,â€ we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.10 If we say, â€œWe donâ€™t have any sin,â€ we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. Â Â Â 1 John 1:6-10 (HCSB)
My relationship with Jesus isn’t just a friendship or a teacher-student relationship. He is my Savior! He shows me how to walk in His Light. He shows me how to make good choices. And when I stumble and make a bad choice, when I sin, Jesus is only an outstretched hand away, ready to pour out His forgiveness when I ask and restore me to that special and uniquely mine intimacy that I described earlier. The stench of sin is cleansed from me and I am wrapped in His arms again.
If you have read this today and are puzzled and feel you are missing something, then pull up a chair and spend time right now with Jesus. Listen. Open to His Word and read how He describes His relationship to us in John 14-16. Ssssshhhh. Just let it soak in. Let it speak from His Spirit to your spirit. What an experience!
Holy Love written and sung by Andy Park