Thought of the day: when all else falls away…

Today I remembered once again that God is the only sure and unending thing in this life… my husband, family, friends, relationships, job, home, church, health, wealth and material possessions may all go or change or cease to be, but God is the one thing I can always rely on no matter what falls away. I hold onto my Heavenly Dad.

'My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.'
(Psalm 73:26 AMP)

Happy Easter!!

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son,
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders,
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that left Him there,
Until it was accomplished,
His dying breath has brought me life,
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom,
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer,
But this I know with all my heart,
His wounds have paid my ransom!

(‘How Deep The Father’s Love For Us’, Stuart Townend)

Some resources on the Father’s love & Father heart of God

Having recently blogged about the Father’s love and loving others, I thought it would be useful to post links to some good resources where you can learn more about the Father’s love and His Father heart.

After all, truly understanding God’s love for us as His children in Christ will not only be the medicine to heal our hurt and wounded hearts (which we all have to some extent from living in a fallen world), but it will also propel us to passionately and joyfully take the Father’s love out to those around us so they can also know Him as well!

So here are some that I’ve found helpful:

'Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child].' (Psalm 27:10, AMP)

The link between knowing the Father’s love & loving others

There’s a reason why I’ve recently been blogging about both loving hurting, broken and lost people, and about knowing the Father’s love and growing in intimacy with Him.

It’s because they’re intrinsically linked.

To be honest, you could love other people for a number of different reasons: because it’s the “Christian” thing to do, because of feelings of guilt or obligation, out of a heart of justice, to make you feel good about yourself, and so on.

But to truly love those who are not easy to love in a genuine, sacrificial way - the way Jesus taught us to love (Luke 10:27-37; Matt. 5:43-48) - and without burning out and without losing joy… you need to live with a real knowledge of God’s love for you as His dearly beloved child.

If you have repented of your sin, have accepted by faith the free gift of forgiveness that Jesus bought for you at the cross, and have fully entrusted your life to the Lord, then you are in Christ and have been made a son/daughter of God (Galatians 3:26)! Which means that God has become your perfect Father (and Mother*) and loves you with a pure, unconditional, unchanging love - the same love He has for Jesus because you are in Christ!

No wonder the apostle John couldn’t contain himself when he wrote, 'See what [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are!' (1 John 3:1, AMP)

And you know what, when you begin to grasp the depth and richness of the Father’s love for you, and live each day growing in that knowledge, it is the most energising, joyful, life-giving fuel that compels you to be devoted to God in all that you do and to love every person with a love that is supernatural, introducing our spiritually fatherless world to the Father.

And that, I believe, is what is at the very heart of being a Christian.
  

* God calls Himself “Father” but He also completely encapsulates motherhood as well. See: Isaiah 66:3; Isaiah 66:13; Psalm 27:10Matt. 23:37.

My friend Yohaan Philip has written a beautiful post over at the Sonship Blog about how becoming a father showed him something of what God the Father’s love is like.