“Jesus knows me, this I love”
Sometimes a mistake can contain more truth than perfection ever could. This phrase has become a popular statement to post on church signs. Knowing that Jesus loves us is the most basic message we have. Rearranging the words to the foundational Christian song focuses our attention on Christ’s radical acceptance of us. Jesus’ love for us is so unbelievably deep because his love is not given in ignorance of our foibles and faults.
Timothy Keller teases out the intimacy of God’s love for us. He writes: “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.”
In February, we are reminded to celebrate love by the overwhelming push of Valentine’s Day marketing. The church’s role is to remind us that Jesus’ love, not Cupid’s arrow, is the most potent symbol of St. Valentine’s legacy
My prayer for you is in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians:
“I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19, CEB) Amen.
Grace and peace,