Experience God’s Love

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  1 John 3:1 KJV

See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him.  1 John 3:1 NLT

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  1 John 3:1 TNIV

The Lord woke me up at 4:30 this morning and I felt like I should go ahead and get up to see what he had for me today. 

So I was really tickled when my 31-day challenge verses included 1 John 3:1.  Picking a favorite Bible verse is harder than picking a favorite hymn, but this has to be mine. 

I love e-Sword for the PC (and would love to see them do an iPad app!) that allows me to show four translations in comparison:

I noticed that the “Behold” in the KJV isn’t translated in the NIV.  So it made me wonder.

The Greek is G3708 (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance – also provided in e-Sword).  and as I read through the meanings, I found that it can mean to stare, to discern clearly or to attend to.  But also, that “by Hebraism to experience.”  This seems significant to me.

“Experience this!  How great the Father’s love. . .”  or “Experience how great the Father’s love. . .”  Don’t just see it — experience it.

But how do we experience the Father’s love?    I feel a series coming on, but feel free to post how YOU experience God’s love.

One thought on “Experience God’s Love

  1. Dan King 12/03/2011 / 8:51 pm

    I experience God’s love mostly when I stop thinking about myself for a minute and focus on others. When I put someone else’s needs before my own, I get overwhelmed that God’s love is coming through me and onto that person. In turn I actually experience God;s love, but so does that other person. It’s like killing two birds with one stone!

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