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John, who had started his journey with Jesus as an ordinary, angry, and self-seeking man, accepted Jesus' extraordinary love and came to call himself "the one whom Jesus loves," because he dared to believe that Jesus really did love him. He never looked at himself primarily as a disciple, a pastor, an apostle, or anything else related to what he was doing. He was the continuous recipient of Jesus' extraordinary love. That was his real self, his identity, his motivation to work for Christ, and his source of strength and courage in his trials - he was the one Jesus loved.
It was this love that animated his life, motivated his ministry, and was the core of his message to the world. It was not a message he had learned from a book or in school. This was the message borne out of his real-life experience with Jesus - being the one Jesus loved. And John invites us into a fellowship of ordinary, and in many ways flawed, people who realize their brokenness and have discovered the extraordinary love Jesus has for them. Join the club of people who are being drawn by the incredible grace and love of Jesus - these are the people whom Jesus loves. Welcome to the club!
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