This morning I’d like to have us spend a few minutes thinking of God’s great love for us and how essential it is for us to burrow down deep in that love and stay there. Our Lord Jesus said, “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:9-10). “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16). The word translated “abide” in these verses is the Greek word “meno.” Strong’s dictionary defines it: to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy), abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain. So, not only does Scripture tell us of God’s incredible, sacrificial love for us, it also commands us to stay in His love.
As the Father loves the Son, so the Son loves us. How can we begin to comprehend that truth? As the Father loves the only begotten Son...as He cherishes Him, values Him, takes great delight in Him, so the Son loves us. Do we really believe this? Have we let its truth sink down into the core of who we are? He cherishes us. He values us. He takes delight in us. He wants to spend time with us and wants us to enjoy spending time with Him. He says to us, “This is the greatness of my love for you, now stay in it. Let it flow around you until it permeates every cell of your being. Let it redeem and transform you until when others look at you, they see Me.”
I pray that we will truly experience His love as our resting place today. May we stay in that secret place of acceptance until the praise and disapproval of other people fade into nothingness and all our ears can hear is the still, small voice of our Lord. As we bask in His delight, our hearts will be filled with the joy of His presence. When we abide in His love, the light of His presence heals our wounds and makes us whole. We discover that He is all our hearts desire and we are content to rest in His embrace.
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