If you are really in love with someone, or just around family or friends that you love, you want to have the best communication with them that you can. You have to talk and communicate to find out what is in their mind and heart, to really learn their hopes and dreams and really know what is inside of them…I am speaking for myself here and assuming that everyone else feels the same. Perfect love DESIRES communion, the sharing of life together and it cannot be expressed from a distance. There is an old saying that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”… I have not found that to be true. I find that distance gives you space to make a new life with other people…at first you may miss the one who is gone, but then you start filling in the space, the way a wound heals on your body. I cut my thumb wide open…from the nail all the way around to the back of it, there was flesh and some kind of yellow stuff, which I assumed was the ice cream that I love (fat) sticking out. It was TERRIBLE. I went to the emergency room and had it sewn together. He didn’t do a good job because it was torn so jagged…but you know what? Now the scar is barely perceptible…THAT’s what I am talking about. You get used to being without that person.
Are you thinking that I have lost my ever lovin’ mind here? What has this got to do with any kind of devotion or making you feel better? Dear Reader, here is the point. 1 John 1:3 We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. To have communion with a person you need to be close, it goes for your relationship with God and His Son Jesus. Into our emptiness, Jesus brings fullness and completion (Colossians 2:9-10) Into our deficit, Jesus brings supply (Philippians 4:19) Into our death, Jesus brings life (Ephesians 2:1,5) Into our separation, Jesus brings reconciliation (Romans 5:10-11) Into our imperfect love, Jesus brings his perfect love (1 John 4:10) When you KNOW that God loves you completely then you can follow the advice of Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
When we don’t believe that God loves us perfectly, we end up living as if our best choice is to take care of ourselves…and then we become so busy taking care of ourselves that we don’t have any time for real, transparent and loving relationship with God or our loved ones.
I woke this morning dreaming that I was saying to someone “I don’t want advice, I need instruction”…so that is what I am giving you, instruction to stay close to the Father and the Son by praying, which is merely another word for “conversation” with God…or as I said recently…just “conversate” with them…how can you be close if you don’t know them?
In the words of an old song, “Have a little talk with Jesus, tell Him all about your troubles!”