March 13

John 3:14-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” vs. 16

In Psalm 107 the psalmist wrote that because of the Lord’s steadfast love, he sent out his word and healed those who were suffering because of their sins. John picks up that theme in his gospel and identities Jesus with God’s creative and redemptive word. In both instances the word is connected to God’s steadfast love but John goes further and says that Jesus is the enfleshment of that divine love. Hidden in that familiar phrase is an important truth: love in its most potent form is always incarnate. We do a lot of talk about loving one another, and we say “I love you” a lot, but our best experiences of love don’t involve speech at all. That’s why hugs and kisses are so potent–that’s why acts of generosity and kindness can move us to tears. It’s often said that God is best defined not as a noun but as a verb–the same thing is true of love. Love isn’t a thing or a person, love is a force or an energy that flows into every part of our being. We can even go so far as to say that the essence of God is love and that it endures forever. It was present in Jesus and through him brought healing to sin-sick people, and it’s still doing that today!

Thought for the Day: When has love brought healing to me?

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