THE FATHER’S LOVE
It is time to explore the Father’s love and what it means to us, His sons and daughters.
What does Abba’s love mean to us?
Firstly, we cannot know the Father’s love without the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of sonship. He bears witness with our spirits that we are children of God. He is the “umbilical cord” that joins us to the Father. Only He can reveal the Father’s love. Knowing and experiencing the Father’s love begins with acknowledging the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
God the Father is the pattern of all true fatherhood. His generous, giving love is for the whole world (John 3: 16). His love gave the best He had – His only Son.
Does God have special love for His children? Yes He does. If you love God’s Son, He will love you!
He who loves me will be loved by my Father . . . (John 14: 21b)
Jesus is our elder brother in a family of God’s sons and daughters. But God does not hate those who hate His Son. He provided Jesus as a sacrifice so that those who are in the “far country” can come back home to the Father.
Paul prayed that we would know and experience all the dimensions of God’s love; its width, length, height and depth.
How wide is the love of God? Wide enough to encompass all people for all time no matter what their attitude or condition. He gave His Son for the sin of the whole world.
How long is God’s love? Long enough to be patient with the worst of Israel’s kings, Manasseh, and to forgive and restore him when he repented. Long enough to be patient with Israel’s disobedience and unfaithfulness and to send His Messiah to save them from sin.
How high is the Father’s love? As high as the immeasurable heavens, wrote David in Psa. 103. God took filthy, dead sinners and make them alive again through His Son.
How deep is the love of God? so deep that He had His Son endure the worst that humans could do to Him to rescue us from our own self-destruction.
All of this love is encapsulated in the word “Father”, and in our response as children of God. David, who did not know Jesus, nevertheless knew the greatness of God’s love, beautifully expressed in Psa. 103. The Shunamite woman, enslaved by the love of Solomon, said this:
. . . ‘Love is as strong as death . . . it burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away. (Song of Solomon 8: 6, 7)
If they could experience love like that, how much more we who have the full revelation of the Father in His Son, Jesus Christ?
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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