Cohutta First Baptist
​​103 King Street  Cohutta, Georgia

​Weekly Devotional from John Parrott

Good morning and best wishes to all on this warm day in late August.  We enjoyed our brief visit to San Diego last week.  The weather was delightful with blue skies and highs in the mid 70’s every day.  We are happy to report that our son John and his family are all doing well.  It was a delight to see our two granddaughters, ages almost two and eight years.  We enjoyed being with them and also doing some sightseeing around the city.  We saw the promise of America being fulfilled for many people, as the San Diego area is populated with many nationalities and ethnic groups.  There is a large Asian contingent and a large Hispanic population. We heard many languages spoken wherever we went, and saw a wide variety of ethnic shops and restaurants.  The demographics of our nation are changing rapidly, and the world of our granddaughters will be (and already is) very different from the one I grew up in.

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you (John 15:12).  This is the third week that I have commented on this brief statement from Jesus’ final words to His disciples.  He says that the standard of our love for one another is to be His love for us.  We are to love just as He loved.  This is a standard that we can never attain, but still we should seek to grow in that direction. I would like to reflect for the next several weeks on the nature of His love for us.  First, His love is unconditional and unmerited.  It does not depend on whether we love Him or even believe in Him; it does not depend on any glimmer of goodness in our lives.  He loves us even when we reject Him and break all His commandments.  For God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).