It's so easy to get wrapped up in all the details of being a Christian. There are theological issues to resolve, questions we don't have answers to, and disagreements that have existed since the beginning. Sometimes, it's easy to miss the forest for the trees.
So this week, let's step back and get back to the basics.
If you're frustrated in your life, confused by issues, or way too busy for your own good, take a moment to relax. Take a deep breath. Ask God for a refreshing spiritual breeze in your life.
Then read the following two passages for a reminder of why we're Christians.
1 John 4:7-19Beloved, jet us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
1 John 3:1-3See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
You are a child of God.
May that be the single thing that sticks in your mind as you tackle whatever life throws at you this week.
God loves you, exactly as you are. So take that love and share it!