Each of us has the love of the Father within us if we know Christ. Jesus Christ was love. He loved as only God the Father could love, He taught His followers how to love, and He showed the ultimate sacrifice of love through His death on the cross. Before going to the cross, He knew the task ahead of Him and prayed in John 17:26, “I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
What a powerful thought to think that the immense love the Father has for His Son is within us! How can God love us so deeply? He has the intense love He has for His Son living and breathing inside of us through the work of the Holy Spirit. This should change how we see others and how we see ourselves. We can love those hard to love people because God’s love is within us. His love can give us kind words. We can love people who have wronged or hurt us because His love makes it possible. His love heals all wounds. We can love ourselves because His deep love covers our insecurities.
Are you loving yourself and others with the intense love that God the Father has for His Son Jesus Christ? True love forgives, perseveres, offers grace and mercy, and is patient. Afterall, aren’t those all of the things God has done for us?