“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love…No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
On Father’s Day, we remember our fathers. Every day, we have every reason to celebrate the Father of us all, because He is the One who has created us and called us in love. Through faith in Christ Jesus, we are given the right to be the children of God. What a privilege it is to call the Almighty God our Father!
God has given us earthly fathers, with the intention that through them, we might experience His love, receive instructions and guidance to walk in the right paths in life. No matter how our earthly fathers have succeeded in their God given roles, we are thankful today that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us in perfect love.
Jesus has come to the world to demonstrate the Father’s perfect love to us. Jesus loves us by giving His life willingly, to suffer and die in our place. When we receive Jesus into our lives as Saviour, we have received more than just His love, we have in fact receive the Love of the Father. This Love is not merely a momentary expression of emotion. It is something we can “abide” in, for the whole of our lives. To abide in His Love, we need to respond to it, by making a choice to love Him back. Love is a 2 way affair! We express our love to God by obeying Him. We obey Him because we love Him, not because we want to gain His love.
When we are “in Love” with God, because we are no longer slave nor servant of God, we are in fact His sons (male and female), we are joint heirs with Christ, He speaks to us. Children of God, expect your Heavenly Father to speak to you! He longs to bare His heart to you. He longs to commune with you, guide you, encourage you, comfort you, affirm you and reveal the deep things of His Kingdom to you.
“In Love” the Father speaks. We are not orphans. We will never journey through life alone. Enjoy His daily presence. Expect it.