1 John 4:9 NKJV
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
As John continues to elaborate on God’s love for us, He states that we saw a manifestation of that love when God sent his only begotten Son into the world. A mentally healthy person who has children knows how difficult it is to see your child take on a risky mission such as war, police work and other dangerous jobs because they could die prematurely while working to save the lives of others. It is more difficult when you only have one child. However God commissioned his only Son to leave the comforts of Heaven to give us the God-kind of life. Jesus said that He came so we could have abundant life. The Amplified Version uses the words, “
“enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” As we celebrate the love of God today, let us resist every temptation of the devil to give in to gloom, doom and depressive thoughts. Jesus pressed through the resistance He faced so we could live through Him. He wants us to enjoy life to the fullest until it overflows, and He paid for us to have it. The best way to do that is to seek to walk in God’s will, following His Word and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Also, when we feel like complaining, let’s praise. When we feel like being sad, let’s smile and laugh on purpose. Jesus’ love made Him press through to give us life. Let us appreciate that and press through to enjoy it.