The Gospel of John – Life

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“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:4-5

Because of Jesus Christ, we can be fully alive. Our life comes from our walk with God and our trust in Jesus Christ. What is it to be fully alive?

“Fully alive human beings are alive in their external and internal senses. They see a beautiful world. They hear its music and poetry. They smell the fragrance of each new day and taste the deliciousness of each moment. Of course their senses are also insulted by ugliness and offended by odors. To be fully alive means to be open to the whole human experience. It is a struggle to climb a mountain, but the view from the top is magnificent. Fully alive individuals have activated imaginations and cultivated senses of humor. They are alive in their emotions. They are able to experience the full gamut and galaxy of human feelings—wonder, awe, tenderness, compassion, both agony and ecstasy.

Fully alive people are also alive in their minds. Fully alive people are always thoughtful and reflective. They are capable of asking the right questions of life and flexible enough to let life question them. They love much. They truly love and respect themselves. This allows them to love others without judging. They are glad to be alive and glad of who they are.” (John Powell)
They enjoy life and they are open to God and His world, but they are also open to pain. They have many questions and some answers. They are open to success and failure. In failure they are open to what they learned in the experience.

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)

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