Gutsy John,

The nerve of the Apostle John referring to himself as the one that Jesus loved. I remember thinking that when I first became a believer and that that was a pretty egotistical thing to think and say. Over the years, however, I’ve come to see that it’s actually a very natural thing for a child of God to think and say. Let me explain.

In the parable of the prodigal son we see the younger son writing off his father and his father’s lifestyle and heading east for more exciting and enjoyable times only to crash and burn when his inheritance ran out. What the son failed to see and comprehend was how much the father loved him. And if he had, he would have stayed put. Love is feelings with action motivated by heart felt concern and compassion for someone else.

Since the death of my son, I’ve come to understand that those that love the most, grieve the hardest. And, that those that love the most, give the most.

We have no greater example of this than God Himself. God’s unconditional love for mankind cost God the Father His temporary separation from His Son; the Son leaving paradise and being born a peasant only to be rejected and sacrificed by the very people He came to earth for; and the Holy Spirit having to dwell in the hearts of sinners like me. It cost the Father the unspeakable pain of placing the sins of the world on His beloved Son’s back so that His Son could, in a most horrible, painful, God forsaken way, pay the ultimate price for the sins of the world. In a word, God’s love cost Him His very best.

So if Our Trinitarian God was willing to give His best for us, surely giving over control of our lives to Him should be the only natural response. And by giving God our lives, we come to understand and experience that we are God’s beloved. And the more we accept our beloved standing before God, the better life works for us, and the closer we get to that peace that passes all understanding.

Mason Swinney


About menmourningmoments

I'm happily married, the Father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Death is all around us but somehow we've managed to distance ourselves from it. Men, Mourning, Moments is about how the death of my son awakened me to life & the desire to seize every moment as though it were my last. It's about making sense of life in the good times and bad and allowing GOD to carry me and teach me through the hard times in life.
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2 Responses to Gutsy John,

  1. Kory Capps says:

    Mason, thank you for these thoughts on the Trinity…rich stuff. Your insight on God’s love is very encouraging. It helps me understand that underneath the grief of God is the deep love of God. I recently read a quote that said, “grief is the cost of love,” you are helping me grasp this in a new way. It makes me want to go back over the texts that speak of the grief of Father, Son, and Spirit. It seems that grief in Scripture as it relates to God is normally perceived as disappointment. What do you think? How would this perspective shift that? Any more thoughts on this…?


  2. Kory, great question for which I haven’t a clue. How do you balance God’s immutability with having feelings like grief, disappointment, etc. And, knowing that God has revealed things to us over the course of writing the Bible using terms so that man can understand.

    For me, my first thought using circular reasoning was God made us in His image, we grieve, so God must grieve also especially when you consider what man has done to His Son, His creation, His creatures including man himself. Another paradox in scripture which we won’t understand this side of glory I suspect but one worthy of consideration. Especially when you consider that we as believers share God’s joy, etc., then shouldn’t we also share in His grief. To be broken over what we’ve done to His Son, creation, etc. I think this question is one to pray about and talk through with other believers to get their input/ perspective.


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