God loves us in the same way that God loves God. The measure of the Father’s love for Jesus is the measure of His love for us. This is the ultimate statement of our worth to God. This reality gives believers the right to view themselves as “God’s favorite.” It is not difficult to believe that God loves perfected believers in heaven. The difficulty comes with believing that He has affection for weak people in this age. God loves us like God loves God. “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide [live] in My love (John 15:9 NKJV). That the world may know that You…have loved them as You have loved Me (John 17:23 NKJV).
Jesus spoke these verses to the apostles at the Last Supper to prepare the disciples to recover from condemnation, confusion, and disappointment after Jesus died and some betrayed Him (see John 14-17). We are to behold or be attentive to how the Father feels about us. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us…” (1 John 3:1 NKJV).
The ocean of God’s love includes the pleasure of us desiring and enjoying God and being tenderized by Him.This is beautifully communicated in Ephesians as Paul prays for the church:
“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know (the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19 NASB).”
God enjoys us even in our immaturity. He delighted in David on the day of his repentance after 16 months of compromise in Ziklag (see 1 Sam. 27-30). “He delivered me because He delighted in me…” (Ps. 18:19 NKJV).
God delights in showing us mercy. He wants us to be confident in the fact that He enjoys us even when we are weak. This confidence causes us to run to Him instead of from Him. He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy (Micah 7:18 NKJV).
We must have confidence in our access to the presence of the indwelling Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the glory that Jesus gave us that empowers us to walk in unity with God’s heart. Unity with God’s heart is the essence of intimacy with God.
Here is what Jesus prayed:
The glory which You gave Me I have given them [indwelling Spirit], that they may be one just as We are one, I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me (John 17:22-23 NKJV).
We place our cold hearts in the bonfire of God’s presence every time we seek Him through His word and intercession. God is thrilled every time we simply gaze upon Him!
As we have read, we know that God is the great restorer and giver of truth. He understands that if He continues to speak His truth into us, we will begin to believe Him and we will begin to behave in a way that is consistent with who we believe we are. We were created to respond to His truth and His love.
God’s immeasurable love for you is undaunted and will prevail forever and ever. He truly is in a good mood. He definitely likes you and loves to be with you as you partner with Him to bring the King and His kingdom to wherever you are.