Five Minute Friday a time to reflect on a word, write for five minutes no analyzing, no proof reading, no correcting, just five minutes on the word of day.
I love to do acrostic with a word so here is the acrostic:
DEAR= Devoted, Eager, Adore, Rare.
I also like to look up scripture with the word to see if that will give me a base on which to write. I was surprised when I found 1 John 3: 1-10 had two verses with the word Dear.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,a we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
When I look at the word “Dear” I think of the beginning of a letter. My dad is a fan of writing letters. When I was in school, I was so embarrassed by notes that went to the school when I was unable to attend school. Always began with Dear but ended with “I remain Diana’s father, Edward Troy Manley.” John is writing this letter to fellow Christians to encourage them. I love the verse one that says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God!”
John says, Dear friends, come closer, I have something important to tell you. The promise is that we will be like Christ, we will see him as he is, we have hope in him, Christ is pure. John tells us the purpose of Christ’s coming that he takes away our sins. Then John repeats the Dear but calling us children. He gives a warning, do not let anyone lead you astray.
Who leads us away from fellowship with God? What leads us away from fellowship? Such a promise that the Son of God came to destroy the work of the devil.
Dear Beloved, claim the love of God that he lavishes on us, claim who you are in Christ. Some day we will be like Christ. Until then we have the indwelling Holy Spirit to enable us to not sin. In 1 Peter 5:8, Satan is like a roaring lion roaming around seeking someone to devour. We are the children of God, we are the DEAR children of God.
We are called to be devoted, and eager to serve, as we adore Christ. Each of us are rare and dear to our God.