God always behaves like Himself and how grateful I am that this is so. No matter what the occasion God always responds out of His nature ... and God is love. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 31:3, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness."
Such love is fully explained through the life of Jesus Christ. For Jesus Christ brings us face to face with the love of God. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God "demonstrating His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). I like the story of the little boy who suffered from reoccurring nightmares one evening. His Dad would rush to his side in comfort each time and say, "son there is no need for you to fear because God is right here beside you." Each time the young boy would reply, "okay dad" and soon return to sleep. However after several bouts he said to his dad with tears streaming down his face, "I know God is with me but I need someone with skin on!"
John reminds us that our benevolent God "became flesh and lived among us." That's what Love (God) does. He gives us "skin" when we need it! This is true of His followers as well. We will naturally be "skin" for others because we share the nature of God.
Dr. Warren Wiersbe describes the nature of God in man as though it were a compass. Just as a compass always responds to the magnetic field of the earth so will man respond to the love of God manifest through our "skin". When we put on the "skin" of Jesus for others and get close to them they will sense the power, presence and draw of God in respond to His nature. God will always behave like Himself ... in and through you! So put on your Jesus skin and go live your life to the fullest. His love will do the rest!
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