Proverbs 8 3-8-22

Want to know how much God loves you? He was willing to come to earth and die for us. THAT’S how much He loves us!

17 “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” “We love Him, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 AMP

As I was studying the Trinity and pondering the relationship between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, it dawned on me that to see Jesus is to see the Father. I know, I know, Jesus said as much in John 14:9, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

But, it’s more than what I was thinking. For instance, Jesus tells us that He is gentle and humble in heart, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Therefore, since to see Jesus is to see the Father, I can assume that God the Father is gentle and humble, too. Another instance is when Jesus said, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Since Jesus served, then God serves, as well. I don’t think it’s too far of a stretch to say that the Father serves us even as we serve Him. He hasn’t asked us to do anything that He was not willing to do, which flies right in the face of all the other “gods” of Jesus’ day. Like, whoever heard of a God who served?!

This reciprocation is what makes a relationship work. It’s not as much a give-and-take as it is a give-and-give. It’s what makes a good friendship, a good marriage, and a good fellowship in our homes, our churches, and with the Trinity.

Jesus Himself demonstrated this model. He did not “regard privilege as something to exploit for Himself. He saw that the privileges of his sonship were to be employed to serve others, rescue the afflicted and raise up humanity with and in himself. Christ would embrace and unite himself to us. Intrinsic to that union is an exchange of our poverty for his riches, our predicament for His prosperity (see 2 Cor. 8:9). Ironically, to employ privilege first meant setting it aside. This is the downward mobility of the kingdom of God!” “A More Christlike Way” pg. 111. It’s also straight out of Philippians 2:5-11.

Let’s be like our heavenly Father today; let’s be gentle and humble, and serve.

Abba, it’s no wonder that You are so attractive to souls when they get to know the real You. May we all demonstrate who You are even as we tell others who You are. Thank You for loving us so much! Amen.

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