[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:23 NIV)[/pullquote]
This is how pleaded Jesus with his Father, when praying for the perfect union of his church. How truly wonderful! The Father loves Jesus. He ever loved him. He ever will love him. Because he loved him he gave all things into his hands, showed him all things which himself did, and glorified him with himself.
God loves us because he loved Jesus, who is our head and representative. He loves us as he loves Jesus: not equally, but similarly. His love to us was eternal, tender, and unchangeable; as his love to Jesus was.
He loves us as his children, as being his image. He loves us, and therefore he bestows grace, gifts, and glory upon us. He loves us, and therefore he assists us, accepts us, and will reward us by and by.
Beloved, if God so loves us, it calls upon us to be patient under all his dealings, even as Jesus was patient; the very thought should impart comfort under all our trials, toils, and sorrows; and we ought to exercise confidence in God at all seasons; for what can he deny us, if he loves us as he does his only begotten Son. He ever did love us freely, and nothing shall ever alienate his love from us.
Daily Bible Readings for the Lord’s Household
By James Smith