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MARCH: Jesus' Prayer for Us

March 10

LOVED BY THE FATHER AND THE SON

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.
John 17:6

Consider the place we occupy in the interest and love of the Father and the Son. I confess that I am almost overwhelmed when I think of this. I so often spend my time, as I am sure many of you do, wondering why it is that I do not experience more of the love of God; why God does not, as it were, love me more and do things for me. What a terrible thing that is! The trouble is that I do not realize His love for meóthat is my difficulty. People often say, ďI feel my love for God is so small.Ē Quite right, I say the same thing myself:
Lord, it is my chief complaint,
That my love is weak and faint.
William Cowper

That is true, but the best cure is not to try to do things within yourself and work up some love from the depths of your being.The way to love God is to begin to know Godís love to you, and this doctrine is the high road to that love. Before time, before the creation of the world, He set His eye upon you, He set His affection upon you; you were marked, you were already put among His people.And all that has been done, all the person and the work of Christ, all this manifestation of His ineffable love, was done because of Godís love to you. Therefore, realize His interest in you. The God who has loved you to the extent of sending His only begotten Son to endure and to suffer all that for you loves you with a love that you will never understand, a love that passes knowledge. If we but knew Godís love to us, it would revolutionize our lives.

A Thought to Ponder
The way to love God is to begin to know Godís love to you.

From Safe in the World, pp. 41-42.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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