February 5, 2011 Donna New

But I have called you my friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. John 15:15, For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father. John 16:27

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. It’s so good to have Him as a Friend and an honor to be called His friend. In daily life it seems that our comfort and peace comes from our best Friend. And then to find out the Father tenderly loves us is so warm and just what we need in this confusing, troubling world. I just want to nestle into them and wait awhile to hear the voice of my Savior and God telling me the details of heaven or how He loves me or what I’m to do today.  This is all so important because Jesus offered us this privilege and it’s ours to take. Without it our God would be impersonal and distant. And He never, never meant to be that.

But there’s another side to Him. “Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service and acceptable worship, with modesty and pious care and godly fear and awe; For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28, 29 I don’t believe we should live in fear of Him because He loves us tenderly but there should be awe and reverence deep in our souls. As Nicole Nordeman  sings it “Let me not forget to tremble”  not as a daily thing or a weekly thing but as a remembrance once in a while that he deserves respect and honor. His Name is hallowed, for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  February 5, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Liking your thinking here. Our modern expressions often choose the love of God over fear. We often assume that fearing God is more of a respect but this totally undervalues it. People fell flat in the presence of God! They believed if they saw His face they would die! I think there’ll be a few shocked people when they face God!

    • 2. purplefacedpansy  |  February 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      I still like to focus on the love of God. To me that’s the only way we get through our days. His grace is what carries us until we get Home. But we would die, you’re right, if we saw the glory of God’s face in our condition as an earthly being. And John fell flat on his face at a couple points when he was writing Revelation. So God is someone to be revered by us now.

  • 3. Nick  |  February 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Oh I certainly like to focus on that side too, but what we choose to focus on does not negate the fact of the thing we choose not to focus on!

    I do agree with you, and like the fact you are raising an interesting point in your blog.

    For me it’s more than grace and love that gets me through it’s also purpose – the fact that this loving God (who I should also fear!!) wants to partner with me in His plan for restoration? – Amazing!

  • 5. facebook  |  February 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    i love it

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