2021.02.20 Daily Devotional for Lent
Our Lenten Devotionals feature reflections from The Road Back to God by Larry Neeb.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
John 3:16-18 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
This week I’ve taken the first steps along the road back to God. It is a long road, but with God’s help I will stay on it.
“Love – The Strongest Force on Earth”
When someone loves you, you have great power over that person – power to make that person happy or power to make that person sad. That’s always the way it is with lovers. One little word, a smile, the smallest of gifts can bring incredible joy. Indifference can bring misery.
Perhaps you can remember when you were a little child how easy it was for you to bring joy (or happy tears) to your parents with a small gift. And so it is with the love God has for us. He has made himself defenseless. He handed himself over to us, entering human history in order that he might become vulnerable to our acceptance. That is why there is so much joy in heaven over one sinner who repents!
The perspective of God being a parent is probably one of the most often used analogies in all of the world, even across many faiths. Those of us who are parents can relate to the overwhelming responsibility, love, heartache, and joy found through our relationship with our daughters and sons.
And so, we begin to get a tiny glimpse at how God views us and the world that God created for us.