God’s Fatherly Sorrow

AUSTRIA CROSS IN TRASH“The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him, is not to believe that he loves you.”  (John Owen, Communion with God)

C.J. Mahaney urges us: 

“Stop for a moment and reflect on that sentence—it could change your life. Now, let me ask you three questions: Do you believe in God’s personal and passionate love for you? Are you delighting in God’s unconditional love? Or have you laid a sorrow and burden upon your adopted Father by questioning his love for you or refusing to believe that he loves you?”  (HT: C.J. Mahaney)

If you struggle here– even if you have already trusted Christ as Savior — get someplace quiet  and undistracted, where you can think and listen for the Father’s voice to your soul: 

+ “See what kind of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God– and that is what we are.”  (1 John 3;1)

+ “This is how we know what love is, that he laid down his life for us.”  (1 John 3:16)

+ “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:8)

+ “You were dead in trespasses and sins…but God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved– and raised us up with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasureable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”   (Eph. 2;1, 4-7)

He loves you– and that can make all the difference.

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2 responses

  1. It IS all the difference! Amen and amen!

  2. Trusting in Father God’s unfathomable love for me is the foundation for everything I believe. That love saves me, sustains me, inspires me, and gives me hope for today and for forever.

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