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Father loves you.

If you ever call me and I don’t answer you will hear my voicemail message, “Father loves you all day long.”  Friends have shared with me they hang up and phone me again to hear me say, “Father loves you all day long.” We all have a deep longing for a father’s love.  Jesus expresses a longing for us to experience the same love He received from His Father.  John 17:25-26, Luke 10:22  Jesus’ relationship with God as loving Father is a revelation of God’s love for us. We are learning how to receive love like Jesus received love from the Father. Jesus delighted in talking about His Father’s love and delight in Him. John 14:21, 15; 9, 17:26  Jesus receives the Father’s words of love at his baptism and the transfiguration, “This is my son whom I love.” He receives his identity from the Father. Matthew 3:17

Jesus prayed to the Father as “Abba” dear Father when he taught the disciples how to pray. Holy Spirit enables us to pray ”Abba Father.”  Romans 8:15  God has sent the Spirit of his Son onto our hearts crying  “Abba Father.” Galatians 4:6.  Holy Spirit pours Father’s love into our hearts so that we experience the emotion of feeling loved. Romans 5:5. The experience of the gift of Holy Spirit is an experience of an outpouring of love. The experience of the Father’s love is comprised of the touch of his love through Holy Spirit and the hearing of his words of love in such a way that we are moved to cry out, “Dear Father.”

Jesus teaches, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain (be attached) to my love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:9-11 The Greek word for love,“agape”, which Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13, is the same meaning as the Hebrew word, “hesed” which is attachment sticky love. The Hebrew word “hesed” includes the same meaning as attachment in neuroscience. God wired our brain to be attached—glued to sticky hesed love. We are born looking for attachment love, someone who is glad to be with us and delights in us.

“Father’s Day Blessing” to fathers, and sons and daughters.

I speak a blessing with the same words Father spoke to Jesus at his baptism, “I am your Father, you are my dear son or daughter,  I love you.”  I bless you with a father’s  love and a blessing of confidence that you have what it takes to do and be all that Father God has called you to do and to become. I bless you with joy knowing your dear Father always near is glad to be with you today and always. I bless you with the prayer Jesus prayed for us in John 17.   “Dear Father I ask that the love you have for me will be experienced by everyone who follows me.”  For those who do not experience God’s love through the word father because of absence, abandonment and abuse, I bless you with Jesus’ embrace of love, joyful presence, always glad to be with you and Holy Spirit revelation that you are not “fatherless.”  You have a Father who loves you.

In the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen, amen and amen.                       Pastor Joe Johnson