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A Father's Love

2 Peter 3:9 says 'The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.' John 3:16 says 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.' God the Father went to extreme measures to ensure that we could be reconciled and fellowship with Him. He has such a desire to be with us, that He even gave us a choice. That is love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (TPT) says 'Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one's achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.' Can you just imagine the love that God the Father has for us? Can you imagine giving your only son to be tortured, beaten, whipped beyond recognition, and then nailed to a cross, all because you had such love and desire to be near someone. And the people you loved were vile, inconsiderate, liars, thieves, murderers, sexually immoral, and were headed for total devastation; and it would take the sacrifice of your only son that would pay the full price for all the evil and nastiness. Yet, there would still be those who would reject your son's sacrifice. That is the love the Father has for us. 1 John 3:1 (TPT) says 'Look with wonder at the depth of the Father's marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children.' I thank God that He loved me so much that He gave me His Son, and that Jesus came willingly. Thank you Jesus for your selfless sacrifice. May I serve you each and every day of my life, and that my life would reflect the love of my Heavenly Father for every person I come in contact with.

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