Thankful for His Love
This morning in my quiet time I was awakened to a new thankfulness for God’s love. We have talked a lot this week about thankfulness from different angles. It occurred to me today that there would be no need to be thankful if it was not for God’s love for us. That is where thanksgiving actually begins – because He first loved us. That is where it begins because if He had not loved us we would be completely without hope and the gratitude that comes along with it.
1 John 4:19
“We love because He first loved us.”
If it were not for the fact that God loves us, we would have no salvation, no sanctification, no relationship with God at all and no opportunity for one! But He does love us. Oh, how He loves us, my precious friend!!
Bundling it Together
1 – The Father loves us as He loves Jesus. – – In what is called the High Priestly prayer found in John 17, as He is praying just before His arrest, Jesus prays for us. He prays that we will be one as He is one with the Father and that the world will know that the Father has sent Jesus, and that He loves us as He loves Jesus, Himself. (v 23)
2 – He dreaded the time when He would actually have to be separated from the Father.This was going to happen because of our sin that would be on Him. He has never been separated from the Father at this point and They are One. – – While He is in the garden praying, He asks that the “cup” He is about to drink from be taken from Him but then that He wants the Father’s will not His own will. (Matt 26:39)
3 – That time of separation from the Father would be unbearable for Jesus. – While Jesus is on the cross He asks God the Father why He has forsaken Him. (Mark 15:14)
These three passages may seem to be all over the place but I wanted to share them as foundation. Jesus went throught this because the will of the Father was to reconcile us back to Himself – because He loved us.
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – 3 in 1 – were all affected by this separation. They had to be. I had never really thought about this until today.
A Word Picture for You
Think about gluing 3 pieces of paper together perfectly and letting them dry. You now have 3 pieces of paper in 1, right? Now take 1 of the pieces of paper away from the other 2. What will happen? All 3 pieces of paper are greatly affected, aren’t they?
Back to My Quiet Time
This morning, I thought about the coming back together of the Father and Son after Their time of being apart.
What a reunion that must have been! Jesus being able to feel the presence of His Father once more, and the Father being able to look upon Jesus as His dear Son, once again, who had just done the hard work to conquer sin and death forever! He did the hard work that settled the score between God Almighty and His arch enemy – Satan once and for all! Oh yes, he still rages but it is because he knows the final outcome. His doom is sure!
As the Father must have looked at His dear Son once more, can you imagine the holy love that filled the atmosphere? Can you imagine the joy and elation that filled the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as things were once again right between the Three in One!
Bringing It Home
Now, consider and let this sink in! This is how God loves us!! This same ecstatic overwhelming love – the love that fills heaven and earth. We are loved with that love according to John 15:8 and John 17:23 to name a couple of places in Scripture.
“As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Abide in My love.”
“I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You have loved Me.”
Oh my friend!! How can we even contain this joy!! May we go into this beautiful day, walking in this knowledge and basking in the great love that God has for us! May thankfulness fill our hearts! Our Amazing Lord has lavished this great love on us!
Things to Ponder:
- As Christ followers, we have the Holy Spirit living in our hearts. Though we may not always be aware of His presence in our hearts and lives, it is just a fact that He is with us. Imagine being really separated from Him. In our finite humanness, that would be devastating. Can you imagine what Jesus endured for us in His infinite-ness? He loves you!
- I am sure you have heard the term – “having skin in the game.” We tend to think of salvation and communion with God as a free gift so it might seem easy to take it for granted – because we did not have to do anything to get it. We don’t have any “skin in the game”. But salvation and communion with God were not free were they? Father, Son, and Holy Spirit loved us and paid dearly so that we could have salvation and communion with God.
- Are you thankful for His love?