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Summary: Because of the intense love that God has for us, I am assured that of all His attributes, the one nearest His heart is being "Father" to His children.

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WHEN I STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT, I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THERE ARE MANY REASONS GOD CHOOSES TO SAVES ALL OF US: TO BRING GLORY TO HIMSELF, TO APPEASE HIS JUSTICE, AND TO DEMONSTRATE HIS SOVEREIGNTY.

BUT ONE OF THE SWEETEST AND MOST POWERFUL REASONS THAT GOD WORKS TO SAVE US IS SIMPLY BECAUSE HE IS SO FOND OF US AND DESIRES SPENDING TIME WITH US. HE IS A RELATIONAL GOD WHOSE AIM IS FOR INTIMACY WITH HIS CREATION.

IN OTHER WORDS, OFF ALL HIS ATTRIBUTES, I BELIEVE THE ONE CLOSEST TO HIS HEART IS BEING A FATHER TO HIS CHILDREN. IT GAVE HIM JOY TO PREPARE THE WAY FOR THAT RELATIONSHIP TO BE POSSIBLE THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST. JOHN 6:40, “FOR IT IS MY FATHER’S WILL THAT ALL WHO SEE HIS SON AND BELIEVE IN HIM SHOULD HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” SIMPLY PUT: HE DESIRES YOUR COMPANY AND THINKS YOU ARE THE BEST THING TO COME DOWN THE PIKE IN QUITE SOME TIME.

YOU’VE HEARD THE OLD SAYING MANY TIMES THAT, IF GOD HAD A REFRIGERATOR, YOUR PICTURE WOULD BE ON IT. IF HE HAD A WALLET, YOUR PHOTO WOULD BE IN IT. HE’S CRAZY ABOUT US. HE REALLY LOVES US THAT MUCH!

HE LOVES US WITH SUCH INTENSITY THAT EACH AND EVERY DAY HE SENDS A SUNRISE TO GREET US IN THE MORNING AND A SUNSET AT NIGHT TO KISS US GOODNIGHT. HE GIVES US FLOWERS EVERY SPRING AND A THEN PAINTS US A VIVID AND COLORFUL REMINDER OF HIS LOVE TO US EVERY FALL.

WHAT A MIGHTY AND LOVING GOD WE SERVE TO KNOW THAT WHENEVER YOU WANT TO TALK, HE’LL LISTEN. WHENEVER YOU ARE HURTING, HE’LL COMFORT, AND WHEN YOU ARE FILLED WITH JOY, HE’LL CELEBRATE ALONG WITH YOU.

EVEN MORE AMAZING TO ME IS WHEN I TRY TO COMPREHEND THAT FACT THAT GOD CAN DWELL ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE AND OF ALL THOSE PLACES HE CAN ABIDE, HE CHOSE MY HEART.

LET’S JUST FACE THE FACT RIGHT NOW: GOD IS CRAZY ABOUT US! NOTHING MORE DOES HE DESIRE THAN TO BE WITH US IN ORDER TO TALK, WALK, AND COMMUNE WITH US ON AN INTIMATE BASIS. IT IS A RELATIONAL WALK WITH US THAT GROWS FROM A DAILY BASIS OF FRIENDSHIP AND FATHERSHIP TO AN ETERNITY OF WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP. AGAIN, GOD LOVES US THAT MUCH!

AS ROMANS 5:6-10, TELLS US, GOD POURED OUT HIS LOVE TO US TO NOT ONLY DESCRIBE HIS LOVING CHARACTER, BUT TO PROVE TO US THAT HIS DESIRE WAS TO SAVE US AND TO HAVE A LOVING, PERSONAL INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH US. ROMANS 5:8, “BUT GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US IN THAT WHILE WE WRE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.”

WHAT A PRECIOUS GIFT OF LOVE HE HAS SHOWERED UPON US SO THAT NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON WOULD HAVE TO PERISH FOR ALL ETERNITY. GOD HAS MANIFESTED HIS LOVE TO US THROUGH THE DEATH OF HIS SON JESUS SO THAT WE COULD COME TO HIM, FIND PEACE WITH HIM, AND BECOME HEIRS OF HIS PROMISES.

THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE FATHER’S LOVE AND THE GIFT’S THAY HE GIVES IS THAT THEY ARE GIVEN REGARDLESS IF THEY ARE ACCEPTED BY US OR NOT. THEY ARE GIVEN ON AN UNCONDITIONAL BASIS.

THERE ARE NO PREREQUISITES OR ANY CONDITION ONE MUST BE IN “FIRST” BEFORE THEY CAN RECEIVE THE GIFT. ONE MUST SIMPLY REACH OUT AND ACCEPT WHAT IS GIVEN. WHAT, THEN, IS THIS GIFT OF LOVE THAT THE FATHER GIVES? IT IS GRACE!


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