The Father Loves You
Here is your Daily Devotional Prayer for October 24, 2016 brought to you by The Plough
“For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from the Father.”
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that with our poor, faulty, sinful, and death-ridden lives we may find shelter in your love. We thank you that we are your children. We thank you that whatever we are, however depressed we are about ourselves and the inadequacy of our own nature, we are still your children. Give us your Spirit, we pray. Give us your Holy Spirit, penetrating our whole nature, our flesh and blood, keeping us firm in faith under all temptation and distress. Give us your Spirit to fill us with hope as we look to the future, to fill us with certainty in our Lord Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come, whose victory is before our eyes so that we never waver or become afraid. Give us your Spirit so that we may live in this certainty and prepare ourselves more and more for your coming into the world. May we come to know that your loving-kindness is at work today, that in the end your deliverance will come quickly, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Daily Commentary: The Father in heaven loves you. It is something we take for granted but He showed us how much by sending His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. We understand this to be our saving grace. We are assured of this love of Christ by the Father that has been extended to us before we were even born. This is the meaning of spiritual love by God.
Because Jesus was sent by God, he is the true Messiah and so our faith in Christ is what shows our love to the Father. Our faith works by love and the fruits of our love are give to us by the Father. He watches over us by his providence and comforts us by his presence. That is real love by the Father!
These words remind us that the only bond of our union with God is, to be united to Christ; and we are united to him by a faith which is not reigned, but which springs from sincere affection, which he describes by the name of love; for no man believes purely in Christ who does not cordially embrace him, and, therefore, by this word he has well expressed the power and nature of faith.
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