1 John 1:1 We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
The part of this passage that spoke to me this morning is v.3-4 which speaks of unity between believers and the triune God. There there’s this part about joy:
“We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete”
Peter is not just referring to himself and other apostles, but to God as well. In other words, God takes joy in the company of his children – not just the important ones like Peter but all of his children. Even you and me.
At first that’s hard for me to believe. I’m so far from the ideal child of God. When I consider myself in relationship to God I tend to zero in on my shortcomings, of which there are many. Why would God almighty want to be in my presence? Then I consider my own children.
My children aren’t perfect, but I can’t tell you how much I love them. Not because of anything they’ve done to earn my love, but just because they exist. They are my children. I am their father. There is a connection between us that is unique to every other kind of relationship I have – and it’s wonderful. Well, it’s mostly wonderful.
There’s something special about a father’s love. There’s most definitely something special about our Father’s love for us.