Our Father Shares His Love With Us!
“For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Rom. 5:5).
Orphans feel unwanted and unloved, but our Father shares His love with us.
Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
John 14:19-20 (AMP)
Sometimes people wish they knew the future so they could prepare for it. God has chosen not to give us this knowledge. He alone knows what will happen, but he tells us all we need to know to prepare for the future. When we live by His standards, He will not leave us;
- He will come to us,
- He will be in us, and
- He will show Himself to us.
God knows what will happen, because He will be with us through it all, we need not fear. We don’t have to know the future to have faith in God; we have to have faith in God to be secure about the future.
Loving God’s Word As Jesus’ Followers
The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
John 14:21 (AMP)
Jesus completely aligned His life and will with the Fathers (John 8:29), which indicate His total allegiance to the Father’s Word and commandments. He also said He disapproved of any attitude that would reduce respect for or teach less than full obedience to the entirety of God’s revealed Word (Matt. 5:17-19). Thus, in this text, when He explicitly links His disciple’s love for Him as Savior with their will to keep His Commandments, we conclude Jesus’ clear intent:
If we love Him we will love His Father’s Word, also.
In John 5:39 our Lord declares that the knowledge of the Scriptures is the pathway to knowing Him well. Further, upon His resurrection, He unveiled the fullness of His own Person as revealed in the OT (Luke 24:27).
These texts cluster to teach us:
- To follow Christ,
- To know Him, and
- To Grow in insight as people walking with the Resurrected Lord, a basic and continuing requirement is a steadfast commitment to hearing, heeding, and studying the Bible.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
Because He lives, I live also.
As Jesus is in the Father, I am in Him and He is in me.
I show my love for Him by holding fast to His commands and doing all that He has taught me to do.
I am deeply loved and appreciated by my heavenly Father, and Jesus Himself loves me and manifests Himself to me.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name!
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