As we commemorate Father’s Day now, and as we give thanks and try to remember our earthly fathers, at the very same time I pray that we would reflect on our connection with our Heavenly Father, specifically His wonderful like for us. 1 John four:10 tells us,
This is like: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
As a great deal as we may know of God’s like in His Word, at occasions our personal constructive or unfavorable experiences of like from or with our earthly fathers could possibly have an effect on our view or practical experience of God’s like. Jesus exhorts us, “A new command I give you: Enjoy 1 one more. As I have loved you, so you should like 1 one more. By this every person will know that you are my disciples, if you like 1 one more.” (John 13:34-35).
What can we study from Christ’s teaching right here? Firstly, God’s like for us entails sacrifice – His personal Son had to die a cruel death on the cross for the sins of the planet.
Secondly, what was new about Jesus’ command was that the Good Commandment was worded “love your neighbour as oneself,” whereas right here Christ encourages us to like as He loved us. What a distinction that tends to make, when in this day and age, several young persons, if not other pockets of society, struggle with self-like, loving ourselves in a healthier and godly way. How do we like other individuals when we may not even like ourselves? The new paradigm then is that we require to practical experience 1st Christ’s like for us, in understanding and getting the gospel message, repenting from our sins and trusting in Jesus alone for salvation and eternal life. We can then be liberated to like other individuals even as Christ’s like overflows in and via our lives.
Lastly, our instance of loving 1 one more shows Christ to the planet, as we reflect Him and show ourselves to be His disciples. John explains this additional in 1 John four:12, “No 1 has ever observed God but if we like 1 one more, God lives in us and His like is created comprehensive in us.”
May possibly all fathers have a blessed Father’s Day, and may well we affirm and honour our earthly fathers, seeking to God our Heavenly Father for His fantastic instance of like for us via His Son.