Ahh yes, the disciple John. He has been laughed at by many for always claiming to be “the one whom Jesus loved”. Many have speculated his motivation of being anything from the Lord’s favorite all the way to the Lord’s gay lover. Have you ever allowed your speculation to turn into curiosity that drove you to personally ask the Lord about it?
When I did, I based it on the word LOVE. Knowing there is only one word for love in English, but 4 distinct words for love in Greek (the language the New Testament was written in), I wanted to know which of the 4 John chose to express this. Were they different each time or always the same?
Did John choose Storge, a word used to express a parental love? Perhaps he uses Phileo, a love between friends? Was it really Eros he used to indicate a romantic love between two people? No, it was none of those. Most times, John chose to use the word Agape, which is the highest form of love, a God love. For God so loved the world…
So I personally believe that John was not saying “I was the Lord’s favorite”, or “I was the Lord’s romantic lover”, but something way more profound. John was saying “The Most High God, Maker and Creator of this universe and everything in it, loves even me”.
I pray that becomes your declaration this year as well, and that you too are impacted by the profound sense of God’s love for you in 2021. He will stop at nothing to remove everything that hinders His love from reaching you.
Cheers to a happy 2021! I also pray the blessing of time, motivation, and desire over each one of you, to walk closely with our great God, to draw near to Him, to discover and love Him in new and deeper ways. May this be the year we gird ourselves up, leaving behind the elementary things, and press forward in a faith so confident that there is no room for fear, offense, deception, or unbelief. Blessings on you all ❤️