#144 – KNOW THE AFFECTION OF JESUS (9/7/20)
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’It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 1:7-8)
Having the affection of Jesus toward others begins with experiencing it ourselves.
‘Affection’ means to love with ‘the total personality at the deepest level’; Jesus has all-knowing, all-forgiving, perfect affection for you. When we love, we want the best and do the best for the object of our love; Jesus, unlike us, knows what is truly best and can do what is truly best for us.
The love seen in the cross continues every day over His Church. Many Christians are not feeding on the love of God continually. We are constantly bombarded with demonic lies: “You’re not loved, God doesn’t notice you, people don’t care about you, you’re a failure, you must do better, you’d be better off if you rejected Jesus…”
You and I need to dwell in the love of God as the atmosphere of our lives. We must not be passive with the ‘fiery darts’ of the evil one! We must rest in and fight from the love of God.
Perhaps it would be good to take a moment to meditate and pray out of this text,
‘I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’ (Ephesians 3:16-19)