Daily D – Romans 8:15
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” (CSB) ROM. 8:15
Years ago, a speaker at a retreat led several sessions on the topic, The Father Love of God. The speaker was my pastor at the time and he did a marvelous job. I was drawn into the topic with rapt attention. I wish I had taken good notes and could still find them.
He spoke of the tenderness of the relationship of a father (or mother) and a child. He talked about the inherent trust of that relationship. He talked about becoming the go-to guy to resolve every problem. When his daughter’s balloon burst, she brought the pieces to her father with a simple request: “Daddy, fix it.
Having returned last night from spending a few days with our three-month-old granddaughter brings these memories to the forefront of my mind. Is there anything more holy than holding your sleeping child? If so, it must be holding your sleeping grandchild.
If you awaken my phone from slumber, you will be greeted by the most joyful baby face you have ever seen. Sitting in her grandmother’s lap, all coos and cuddles and smiles, she experienced the kind of joy which lights up a face and thereby lights up a world. Photographs and memories, tender moments of trust, joyful moments of carefree laughter. Such is the Father love of God.
Romans 8 is a chapter full of the Father love of God. From v. 1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,” to v. 39, “. . . nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” this is a love chapter to rival 1 Cor. 13.
Who else but our Father in heaven could inspire the truth that “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (v. 28)? How is it possible that even the hard moments of our lives become building blocks for greatness? God’s love is bigger than every burden we will ever bear. God’s love is more than enough for our every careless act, every rash expression, every indolent inactivity.
Many a song has declared, “All we need is love.” Romans 8 and 1 Cor. 13 show us the kind of love our Father in heaven expresses to us and empowers in us. And when we receive it, how could we not pass it along? When we share it, how could it not bring carefree laughter and joy?
I will experience and express the Father love of God.
Our Father, you have chosen to express your love to us. Your holy, healing, invigorating love renews and restores and reshapes our lives. You fix every problem. You give peace and safety. You delight over us with singing. You calm our fears. You soothe our hurts. You strengthen our spines. You express your love through us to others. This is glorious truth! This is life worth living! Hallelujah, amen!
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.