The love of God, the Father is the greatest life changing force in the universe. Our very life on earth and our salvation experience is an expression of God’s love for us! Every moment we live on earth,whether we realise it or not, we have the love of the father showered upon us. Most of us don’t realise this love of the father. It all depends on the attitude of our heart.
1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
Apostle John was a very old man when he wrote this. He introduces himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. He was known as the ‘Apostle of Love’ and he himself had the conviction that he was loved by Jesus. He personally tasted the love of the father. As he writes, the central theme of his life and messages were the love of the father!
Jesus had 12 disciples but only one of them said that “I am the one Jesus loved”. Jesus loved all of them and He gave His life for all of them but only of them truly realised this love. Jesus had no partiality but John experienced, tasted and enjoyed His love because of the attitude of his heart. Even today, many people say “I don’t think God loves me”, but this statement is like a child saying their parents don’t love them! It all depends on our receptivity on how we enjoy God’s love in our lives!
In 1 John 3:1-1, Apostle John talks about three things:
1.The position we have today: This is our present status, on who we are today and how the world reacts to us :We are children of God
2.The promise we have today: Our future glory, what we are going to become. We will be like Him in His glory:
3.The preparation we should have for the future: Our mode of life today; how we live and how we need to prepare our lives. How we must get ready to go to Him. Just like God is pure, we need to be made pure
The foundational truth is that God loves us all greatly with a lavish, extravagant love! What manner of love; a special kind and quality of love ! A father’s love is different from a mother’s love or friend’s love! Our Father God’s love is amazing, extravagant ! He loves the unlovable, the unworthy. The biblical verses on God’s love is mind blowing.
1 John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” God is love and his identity is love.
1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
In both verses, ‘God is love ‘ is repeated. It is a definition given to God. God is defined by love and not anger ! Does God get angry ? The Bible speaks about God’s wrath that is coming . But it also says that God is slow to anger and quick to forgive. His basic nature is love.
Psalm 103 :8,9 “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse nor will he harbor his anger forever”
1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”. God’s sacrificial love!
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
This is the greatest demonstration of God’s love. Out of His love He supplies our daily things and does multifarious things. But even when we were sinners and rebelled against God, Christ came in love and gave Himself for us. This is the foundational reality of the Father’s love.
1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
He exemplified His love for us. Now we cannot help but love others. This is the reality of God’s love in our life!
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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