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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Smith

Patient Love

This mornings Study was so refreshing and comforting. 😊 It was a study of John 10:1-18, about Jesus being the Good Shepherd and the Door and our being His sheep. I’ve read this story numerous times before but this study had me camped out there for a while, where I could really dig deeper and understand what it really means for me (us).  

While reading the key verses, I came across something that I wasn’t fully understanding, so I did some research and found this article that unpacked it all in such a sweet way. Here’s the link if you want to read it as well What I got from both the scripture reading and the article, was a glimpse of how sweetly Christ loves us! How nurturing and patient He is with us, similar to a mother with her toddler. The way a mother is there to protect, encourage and love their toddler even though they continually get themselves into trouble. And how a mother sits back with a smile as their toddler, who is still very dependent on her, tries so hard to be independent...which usually leads to more trouble or even harm or destruction. Yet, like a mother, Christ patiently and lovingly watches over us, guiding us and going out looking for us when we wander off and get lost. He loves us that much...yet even more!!! He understands our weaknesses and tendencies! ( Hebrews 4:15-16 ) I just love that picture and reminder, that we don’t need to strive and be anxious about measuring up or stumbling. Christ has us and will pursue us if we get lost and pick us up when we fall! All we must do is listen for His voice (ways He is guiding you or trying to get your attention) and turn back to Him, into His protective fold ❤️ So grab your Bible and sit with your Daddy, The Good Shepherd, and let Him tend to your heart and soul! There is where you will find peace and comfort! ( Matthew 11:28-29 ) Who can you rely on in your life? What do you have to lose by fully trusting and depending on your invisible Father? Talk to Him about it. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:12-14 

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