Knowing and Loving
4/29/2018

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27

 

"Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so" is the message of one of Christian music's most enduring songs, particularly for children. Written by Anna B. Warner in the 1800s, this lyric tenderly affirms our relationship with Himówe are loved.

 

Someone gave my wife a plaque for our home that gives these words a fresh twist by flipping that simple idea. It reads, "Jesus knows me, this I love." This provides a different perspective on our relationship with Himówe are known.

 

In ancient Israel, loving and knowing the sheep distinguished a true shepherd from a hired hand. The shepherd spent so much time with his sheep that he developed an abiding care for and a deep knowledge of his lambs. Little wonder then that Jesus tells His own, "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. . . . My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:14, 27).

 

He knows us and He loves us! We can trust Jesus's purposes for us and rest in the promise of His care because His Father "knows what [we] need before [we] ask him" (Matthew 6:8). As you deal with the ups and downs of life today, be at rest. You are known and loved by the Shepherd of your heart.

 

Dear Lord, thank You for how You tenderly love and care for me. Help me to trust You in all areas of my life.

 

The wonder of it allójust to think that Jesus loves me!

 

Our Daily Bread - By Bill Crowder






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