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)
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV)
On Jesus' last evening before he was led away to the cross, he knew exactly what he was going to face over the coming hours. He knew the pain and the agony, he knew the betrayal and he knew that he would come through it after the resurrection. Humanly speaking, this was not something to look forward to.
During this evening he shares a meal with his disciples and, we read through John's gospel account, that his focus was on them and their wellbeing rather than on the troubles he was facing. He wants them to know that his Father is with them and that they are loved in exactly the same way as he is loved. Irrespective of what is happening, they are loved with an eternal and everlasting love. The Father is pouring his love into their hearts, just as he pours it into Jesus' heart.
Throughout this evening he reassures his friends that they are unconditionally and completely loved.
It is that same love which is poured into our hearts. We, too, are loved by the Father in exactly the same way and with the same intensity of love as Jesus. I encourage you to take a few moments to receive this love. As you go through today simply ask the Father to pour his love into your heart.
I am pleased to announce the launch of my new book, "It Changes Everything". This book explores the revelation of the Father's love and how, when we live in love, we can truly begin to walk as Jesus walked. I trust it will be a provocation to you to begin a lifelong journey of going deeper into the Father's love. As you do, you will discover that His love really does change everything.
The book is available on Amazon and also available in Kindle format.