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The Father’s Love

Too many times in moments of hurt and frustration, when sin of our own device or from the hands of others has scarred us in ways that seem irreparable, we begin to question whether God could love us, at least whether the Father could love us.  We all know that Jesus loved us so much He died for us, and the Holy Spirit comforts us in our time of distress, but can the Father love us after what’s happened?
In these times, it’s helpful to think about what the Bible has to say about the Father.  In fact the most famous verse in the Bible says the most about the Father’s love: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Notice what it does not say.  It does not say, the Son so loved the world that He came to die so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish . . . No, it says God (the Father) so loved the world, that He gave the Son. 
The Bible says this about Jesus: “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8)  Jesus isn’t the part of the trinity that came up with the “love” thing.  The Son fulfilled the Father’s love through obedience in His death and resurrection.  The Spirit fulfills the Father’s love through His guidance, teaching, comfort, and power.  But God the Father is Love.
And within all this, let’s not to treat the Trinity of God as if He’s not perfectly One: One God, One Mind, One Will, One Emotion, One Thought, One Spirit, One Body, and most significantly One Love.
Jesus says this about Himself: “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19)
Jesus says that He can’t love you of His own volition.  He can only love you because He saw the Father do it first.  Whatever love Jesus has for you, know that it’s the Father’s love; whatever comfort the Holy Spirit gives you, know that it’s the Father’s comfort.  So, when you think the Father can’t possibly love you after all that’s happened, repent of your sins and forgive those who have sinned against you, and let the Holy One prove you wrong.
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