Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:36-39 NIV84
or in other words, I command you to seek and receive the best and nothing less.
The greatest gift is intimate relationship with the living God and the second greatest gift is intimate relationships with His people. The two gifts are a package deal, to be enjoyed in sync—as deep as you go into one, you go into the other. And they never run out; they’re the only gifts that last forever. 100% eternal satisfaction guaranteed.
We were all made to desire affirmation from our fathers. This blog post resonates with me because I’ve personally experienced it to be true.
Throughout middle school to college I lived destructively and in rebellion. I didn’t grow up receiving that affirmation from my dad so I rejected that desire altogether. If there was one thing I was sure of in life, it was that I hated him. I made up my mind that I didn’t need his affirmation, and definitely didn’t WANT it.
I projected that perspective onto my view of God the Father. Then I settled for receiving affirmation (it wasn’t free; I paid for it) from boys even though it was doodoo compared to the real thing. Praise God, He ever so gently and lovingly freed me from that vicious cycle and now I’m able to freely receive His love instead of running from it, and freely love others as well :)
by his grace was i saved.
He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob, nor has He seen trouble in Israel. The Lord their God is with them, and the shout of a King is among them.
It’s not because of the Israelites faithfulness; it’s because of God’s faithfulness. It’s not because Israel hasn’t sinned; it’s because God’s grace covers all sin. I love God.
At this point the Israelites have rebelled countless times and will continue to disobey but God doesn’t hold it against them. He will make it right. He knows their past, He knows their future sins but He is faithful to the covenant He made with them. In the end, He knows His good and perfect will for them will be the only thing that remains. Love never fails.