Our Father in heaven loves his children and it is out of this love he corrects his own. We have our earthly fathers who love and correct us, But to be loved of the heavenly Father for following his ways brings a Love and Joy unspeakable. “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievious: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby”.(Hebrews 12:9-11).
There is a saying that parents will say when they need to discipline their child: This is going to hurt you more than it will me. Of course at the time it doesn’t make sense to us if we are about to be punished that it is going to hurt the one about to punish us and it is going to hurt them, yet as we grow older it makes more sense……….This happens with the Blessed Fathers word as we read it is hard to understand,but as we search and search our Father reveals himself more to us and we then learn what he meant when he said: “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thought of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart”.(Jeremiah 29:11-13).
Love is the center of the message given by Jesus that even if we are blessed to have many gifts one can receive, we are nothing without the gift of Love. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind, charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things”.(1 Corinthians 13:1-7).
We learn the fulfilling of the law of God is to love our neighbor as ourselves, this is so important that it is even found early in scripture for Christ didn’t bring this into being, But God gave it as a commandment to Moses for us to follow. “Though shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.Though shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the Lord”.(Leviticus 19:17,18).
When we come to Christ he saves us from the bondage of the worlds ways, yet the people around us will try to keep us in traditions once celebrated and the worlds ways to take us from the freedom we have found in the Lord. Paul went through the same thing by false brethren when he went to Jerusalem after he had a revelation to preach there. “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty (freedom) which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage”.(Galatians 2:4).
The greatest love God has shown towards us is found in the giving of his only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish, but have eternal life! “But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him”.(Romans 5:8,9). “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever”.(1 John 2:15-17).