3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Margaret Wise Brown wrote a children’s book entitled, “The Runaway Bunny”. It describes a mother’s persistent and ever-pursuing love towards her child. It is a story about a bunny who wanted to run away from his mother. Here are some excerpts from the story:
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
“If you run after me,” said the little bunny, “I will become a fish in a trout stream and I will swim away from you.” “If you become a fish in a trout stream,” said his mother, “I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you.”...
…“If you become a little boy and run into a house,” said the mother bunny, “I will become your mother and catch you in my arms and hug you.” “Shucks,” said the bunny, “I might just as well stay where I am and be your little bunny.”
And so he did. “Have a carrot,” said the mother bunny.
Moms are famous for “keeping after” their children. My mom never hesitated to “show me the way more perfectly.” Sometimes it took a belt or a paddle, but she was determined not to let me slip away in the wrong direction. I am sure there were times I wanted to run away. Probably some times I misunderstood her insistence that I obey. But looking back, I am sure it was love that made it her mission to keep me on the right road.
Nobody loves us like Jesus. In love He calls us to keep His commandments. Nothing brings Him greater joy than to know that His children walk in truth. The reality is - nothing brings us greater joy than walking in obedience to his word.
When we stray, His grace and mercy prompts us to experience conviction when we have wandered from His will. It’s not His disdain, but His devotion that causes Him to reach for us when we are tempted to run away.
When humanity had run away, “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.” He stretched out His arms on the Cross to welcome us back to Him. Daily He wants to take us by the hand and lead us through this life, celebrating the joy that comes from trusting and obeying Him.
John 15:10 - 11 (KJV) 10If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.