May 3, 2021

1 John 4:17, 18 God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, (The Message Bible)

Is anything as comforting as home? Robert Frost once wrote, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in” (The Death of the Hired Man). If you know of homes where love is dominant you know how it embraces all that come to it and emits a measure of grace that says “you are welcome here,” “you are wanted here,” “this is where you belong in this moment.” John says that the ultimate home is not a place per se but the God of love, the God who forgives, the God who says “come to me.” When we are at home in God’s love, we are not trying to earn our keep or prove our worth or live up to some standard. We are where we ought to be and we have something wonderful to share.

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