MONDAY, APRIL 6
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
Psalm 103:13 (NLT2)
MY FATHER LOVES ME
Yesterday, we turned our attention to the final words of Jesus from the cross: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 23:46 NLT2). As Jesus’ life ends, He does not faint and become unconscious only to be revived later. Jesus died as a human being—voluntarily and sacrificially. That Jesus had a loud voice at all shows his tremendous will. In committing his spirit to the Father, Jesus died, fulfilling the words of Psalm 31:5 (NLT): “I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.” This week we will learn about relating to God as our Father.
Today, let’s consider God’s love. God is a caring Father who is compassionate towards His children. Look no further than the Apostle Paul to find someone who was transformed by the fatherly compassion of God. Paul was a murderous persecutor of Christ-followers before his conversion to Christ. Not only did God show Paul compassion by forgiving him, but He entrusted Paul with the privileged task of taking the message about Jesus to the rest of the world.
Paul writes about the Father’s love: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39 NLT2). Here’s the thing. Yet God does not love us because we deserve it. He loves us despite what we have done. First John 4:10 (ESV) states, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son.” Because of what Jesus Christ has done for us, we know God always loves us.
What things does Paul lists in Romans 8:38-39 that won’t separate him from God’s love? Have any of these things ever caused you to doubt God’s love for you? When life gets tough, what are some ways that you can stay reminded of God’s love for you?
First John 3:1 (NLT2) says, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” Praise God for the love that He has lavished on you by calling you His child.