|The Father's Love|
There was a handsome prince who fell in love with a simple maiden. She wasn’t attractive. She didn’t trust his love. “How could you love me?” she would ask. “I’m not beautiful. I’m not rich. I’m not royalty.” “I just love you,” he would answer. He asked her to marry him. She still didn’t trust his love, but she did agree to marry him. “I will marry you. I will clean your house, prepare your meals and bear your children.” He replied “But I don’t want to marry you for what you will do for me. I want to marry you because I love you.” They married. She cleaned his house, fixed his meals and bore his children. He loved her. But she eventually left him. She told a friend she didn’t think he loved her anymore.
How true this story is to many people who do not believe that God loves them for who they are but think they must do something or perform some act to feel worthy of God’s love. The scriptures declare over and over that God is love and love is from God.
The apostle John writes to us in I John 4:16, “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God and God abides in him.” The word know in the passage literally means “one who has experienced God’s love.” Our heavenly Father wants us to know the love He has for us. He desires for us to have a tangible experience where we have felt and received His love. Jesus stated this even more clearly to the disciples in John 16:26-27, “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.” The word love in this passage is the Greek word, “Phileo” which means a love that is naturally expressed with feeling. Because God is love, there is nothing more natural for our heavenly Father but to love us and show us that love in a natural, genuine, and sincere way.
How does the God of the universe love us in such a real, tangible, and unique way? How does He show that love in a way in which our hearts and spirits know that they are loved? Jeremiah 31:3, “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” God is stating through the prophet Jeremiah that there has never been a time in which He has not loved us. God shows us His supernatural love for us when He brings us comfort or peace in troubling times. When there is no one around to lean on, He comes in His powerful and unique way to show us the love we need in the given moment. Many times He will bring a certain person i.e. spouse, parent, co-worker, friend, fellow church member, or even a non-believer to show us His love in such a real and personable way. Psalm 139:1-4, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.” The psalmist articulates it well when he states, “you are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” God knows what we need even before we can ask Him. He is more than able and is intimately involved to help, heal, comfort and love up on us in the way we need it in the given moment or time.
What a comfort and hope to our souls to know we have a God of love who knows us better than we know ourselves. A loving heavenly Father who will pour out His love freely in such a way that we can come to know, experience, and believe that love He has for us. At Living Hope Ministries we want people to experience our Heavenly Father’s love in such a way that their lives are transformed and will want to go out in this world and show others the love of our heavenly Father.