Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Alaka'i's View On Jesus As Our Gentle Lamb

Today I was having a Bible study with my grandson Alaka'i. His name is Hawaiian and it means the one who leads the way. He is my first grandchild and he is ten years old. I simply adore him.  We were reading in 1John 4:18.  Here is the scripture that I shared with him.
Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. – 1 John 4:18
We talked about how many of us are afraid of being punished.  Many times when we have watched how God is portrayed  in movies, He seems scary and angry at us.  It is when we read the Bible that we find out that we couldn't be more wrong.  God loves us so very much that He wants to share His love with each and every one of us.  When we began to talk about all of the loving things that the Lord has done for us, Alaka'i was simply amazed at how much Jesus really loves and cares him!  We have a Father who is filled with compassion, who hurts when His children hurt.  When we are under pressure and going through terrible times our Father is right there waiting for us to take His hand and allow Him to guide us through the mine fields of this life.  He is right there waiting to embrace us whether we succeed or fail.  

I asked Alaka'i  why it was so important to know that God will love us whether we succeed or fail?  He told me that it is important because it shows us that God loves us no matter what.  That if we make a mistake He will forgive us.  He went on to say that he thinks that Jesus is the best teacher ever  because he never loses His patience with us.  When we have days where we feel like we want to cry because people are mean to us and we feel worthless, He is right there loving us and He is gentle and kind. 

All I could say after that was wow!!  Talk about out of the mouth of babes.  He has got it! He knows that no matter what Jesus loves us!! I think it is super important as a Christian that in our heart of hearts we know that we are loved whether we succeed or fail. I think it is so awesome that we have a Father who doesn't come to us with a quarreling manner trying to force His will on us, but rather a loving Father that patiently waits for us to come and seek Him out.  he will never force his way into anyone's heart.  he comes into our heart like a gentle lamb, not a roaring lion.


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