100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 10
You Are Loved by the Father (John 14:21)
“I trust in Your unfailing love” (Psalm 13:5).
Notice from where the confidence comes: God’s unfailing love. If being loved by the Father was dependent upon your perfectly loving Him, you would have reason for doubt. Thank goodness that the relationship you have with the Father in heaven is based on His perfect love! “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18). On what basis are you free from fear of punishment? The price for your sin was paid in full. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The love of God gave the greatest gift to you and to me- eternal life. Because the gift of life is born out of God’s love and not our merit, we have a faith that is based totally on grace. God gave His Son because He loves us. Keep in mind that God demonstrated the sacrificial act of love while we were yet sinners. So, we simply receive the grace of God in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Something happens to the heart caught up in the grace of God- it becomes extravagantly grateful. Your heart, captured by the Father’s unmerited favor, cannot help but pour out adoration for your Savior. Jesus described the attentive heart of a worshiper as the one who loves Him and obeys His teaching. He said that His Father will love him, and They will come to him and make Their home with him (John 14:23).
To ensure there is no confusion about the Father’s love being based on grace and not merit, let me explain the pathway of grace described in the Gospel of John: God loves sinful humanity and opened the way for each person to come into relationship with Him (See John 3:16). Accepting God’s grace overwhelms the heart of the one who realizes their sinful past and utter hopelessness apart from the forgiveness received through Jesus’ sacrificial death (See John 12:3). Devotion to the Savior leads to a daily walk of seeking to abide in His perfect love (See John 15:9). Obedience results from the heart that seeks to please the Lover of her soul. Honoring Jesus brings automatic honor to God the Father, and He delights in making Himself more known to His child (See John 14:23).
You are confident of your place in God’s heart.
The more you experience the love of God, the more your confidence becomes deeply rooted in His promise to never withdraw it. Can you imagine facing every good day and even every horrible circumstance with the unshakeable truth that you are loved by God? Say it aloud:
I am loved by the Father!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and Put it into practice (Luke 8:21)
Read the Gospel of John.