A New Term – Maybe You’ve Heard of It

It was a big disappointment to discover that a word I thought up recently was actually coined long enough ago to be the name of a book and the name of a ministry, have a Facebook page, and have an entry in the Urban Dictionary,

When I initially thought of the word it was as I was praying for some lost friends and thanking the Lord that he was revealing Himself to them.  As I moved through that prayer I realized that God reveals Himself for relationship.

The Urban Dictionary definition would have to be tweaked to apply to our revelationship to God.

A relationship in which each involved party acquires increasing knowledge through every interaction with one another.

The difference for believers is that God is the only one who needs to reveal Himself because He already knows everything about us.

God reveals himself to us in many ways.   He is reaching out to build relationship with us through Christ.
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Cover the Offense

Proverbs 17:9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.

Sometimes we’re delighted by someone else’s offense, aren’t we? It makes us feel better about ourselves somehow. So we like to tell it to others. And then there are other times we not be so “delighted,” but we feel we just have to share it with somebody else.

God, help us to cover the offense with love instead of sharing it with the next person (or 3 people) we meet. Help us to apply the golden rule to an offense. Help us to be known by our love.

Love Our Kids – Grace Upon Grace

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. (John 1:16 NIV)

Or the NASB says “grace upon grace.”

That’s a lot of grace. John also tells us in v14 that Jesus was full of grace and truth.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a lot better at the truth part than the grace part. And yet, Christ was full of both.

I pray that whatever you’re dealing with today with kids, parents, co-workers, or your own family, that you will seek God’s grace to guide you through it. Remember the grace that has been given to you – over and over again – and pass it on.

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.