Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wed., 5/14/08 Devotion (1 Pet. 1:7c-8a)

Today's encouragement comes from 1 Peter 1:7c & 8a, where we read these words:

" . . . Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. . . . "

Is it possible to love Someone you haven't seen? For that matter, is it possible to believe in the existence of that Someone (God), whom you have not seen? Indeed, the answer to these questions is, "Yes." How do we know that Jesus Christ exists; and that we can love Him? Through credible witnesses. The ultimate Witness is the Holy Spirit Himself.

If you sincerely love the God you have not seen with the eyes of your body, you are blessed. Christ said as much, in Jn. 20:29. The greatest realities are not seen. Even atheists must employ them, in order to deny them. Love the Christ who is more *with* you, than you are with yourself.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Compare sin with hell, and you shall see that sin is worse." --Thomas Watson, in "The Doctrine of Repentance"]