Monday, November 10, 2008

Godincidence

I found myseld reading 1 John Chapter 4 on the plane ride home last week. I was reading the book "Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning and read a section with this verse in it:
1 John 4:18
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
I opened my bible and searched for this verse. Soon after some study in 1 John Chapter 4 I landed in Austin. Flying in earlier than expected, I was able to make it to Youth Group, where I was a small group leader before I started traveling for work. Mark, the youth pastor, was teaching as usual. Toward the end of his teachings this evening, he started to cry. He explained to the students how difficult it is to understand  how God is a loving and forgiving God. God is not angry or disciplinary, he taught. God is Love, Mark said with great excitement. I met with Mark after the session and told him how I was studying 1 John chapter 4 on the plane ride home that day. I quoted verse 16 to him.
1 John 4:16
"We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them."
Mark read verses 16-21 then passed the bible back to me. Tearful yet smiling he calmly said "Oh, it's just a coincidence that you read that just today" His blatant sarcasm stirred the reply in me of "You mean Godincidence"

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