1 John 2:1-6
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
It's hard to have a puppy. You know that when you get a puppy, you're going to have to get up in the middle of the night to let it out, and it's going to chew on things, and there will be messes... and yet it's worth it, right? Because puppies...
When God created us, God knew we would turn from him in sin. And yet, God charted a way for us back to grace. God didn't give us up for lost, but rather poured out mercy on our sin, blotting out our brokenness so that we could be healed. God loves us enough to forgive us our sins.
And so our lives are reflections of our gratitude. If we live like God doesn't matter, 1 John is telling us that we are revealing our hearts. And so my prayer, for myself and everyone else, is that God transforms the hearts and minds of those who follow him, that our lives may communicate the endless love and mercy of God our Gracious Father.