That same famous evening (last supper evening) Jesus unveiled incredible information about the Father’s heart and His affections for you.
The following short statement escapes the casual reader but it will not escape you, I will make sure of it:
I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me – John 15:9 (NLT)
Wow! Picture Jesus praying: Father you have loved them as much as you love me. Incredible!
I could ask, what do you mean Jesus? Are you saying the Father feels for us the same kind of affection He feels for you? I mean, You are the only begotten Son, the perfect One, shouldn’t your Father love you extremely more than me?
He could answer, Pablo, my Father loves you with the exact passion and affection He has for me. He feels for you the same burning desire He feels for me. Yes, He loves you as much as He loves me.
I could reply, this is massively unfair, it’s too much; how can this be?
He could reply, do you remember John 3:16—for God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten Son—My Father is Love and I am the expression of His love. It has always been His idea and His burning heart. Here’s your problem: you’re trying to justify His love with human fairness. It doesn’t work like that. My Father’s love for you is not fair, it is a gift.
Many think of the Father as cold, distant and unapproachable. Others, influenced by the wrong example of their earthly fathers, picture Him as selfish, abusive, absent and uninvolved in personal matters.
What’s worst, some preachers portray Him like the intolerant deity that only endures our existence because Christ shed His blood and paid for our sins.
But according to Jesus, when the Father sees you He feels the same love that He has for His Son. This is how much He loves you.
Whatever your current paradigm of the Father may be, your emotional life will change the day you start believing Jesus’ words are true—the day you pause, look to your reflection in the mirror and (fully believing in your heart) declare: Father, thank you for loving me as much as you love Jesus.
What Kind of God Has a Ravished Heart?
You have ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes…. How fair is your love… How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfumes than all spices! – Songs 4:9-10
The most excellent song ever written describes the bridegroom God singing about how the Bride has ravished His heart. What kind of God has a ravished heart?
The “single look of the eyes” mentioned in Song of Songs symbolizes the gaze of the heart, the loving attention of your soul.
Let’s say you’re having a very challenging day, struggling with different things and frustrated with yourself and several other folks. But somehow, in the midst of the storm a thought crosses your mind and you whisper: Jesus, I love you… please help me.
That’s it. A single look of your eyes, one movement of your heart toward Him is all it takes.
According to my made up version, the Lord (from Heaven) looks to the angels and say:
“Did you see that? That little weak and broken person is clinging to me in the midst of his struggle. He (she) could sink into anger, depression and bitterness, but no, he’s chosen to look upon me. I love it! It’s so easy for you angels to worship me up here (where my light and glory dwells). But that guy is worshiping from down below that darkness… he’s reaching out to me… Gabriel! Michael! I have lost my heart again, where is it?
I’m overcome with love!”
You could say I’m over dramatizing (Listen, I said it was my made up version). But you could still argue that God could never be so softy, romantic and vulnerable…
Well… I have been wrong before… but on this one I have plenty of insurance: the entire book of Song of Songs proves I’m right.
“Oh my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners! Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me”. Songs 6:4-5
So tell me… what do you think about the Father’s emotions for you?
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