A Feeling You Can’t Buy

6 Dec

“There’s a certain feeling nothing in this world can buy….”  

Listening to the radio, this familiar line from a Christmas tune caught my attention.  What a truth, buried in this cheerful song about pumpkin pie and chestnuts. 

What feelings do we try to buy from this world? 

I think almost every feeling. The feeling of  importance, acceptance, happiness, love.  Whether we try to buy it with money or “buy” it with our efforts, the world can’t give us a lasting feeling of value or worth (which is what all of these things add up to.)

In the gospel of John chapter 15, we read Jesus’s words. Christ tells us he is the vine and we are the branches. We must stay attached to him.

How?   LOVE, pure, lavish love.  It’s the stuff that binds us to Him, pulls us in. 

Read John15: 9 – 14. 

My favorite part of that passage is verse 11. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”    NIV

Jesus does not tell us to obey him, “Because I said so.”  He says to obey him, because that places his joy in us, a completing joy.  Then he offers an easy to remember summary of what to obey:  Love each other as Christ has loved us.

John 15 has been one of my favorite passages for a long time. In my bible reading, I recently completed the books of 1 John and 2 John. The message on love stands firm.

I challenge you to read these verses throughout the week.   1 John 2: 3 – 11;  1 John 3: 1 – 3; 10;  1 John 4:7 – 21. 

Notice the connection between God’s love toward us, our choosing to follow in that love, and the completeness we receive.

Ask God to show you any area where His love needs to override your feelings. We all get offended. We all get hurt. Sometimes with good reason. But we are clearly instructed to love, as Jesus loved. He wouldn’t tell us to love our brothers if he isn’t able and willing to take us there.

Bible Reading to Date: 

Old Testament:  Completed through Daniel, in 5th chapter of Hosea.

New Testament:  Completed through 1 John.

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