Mark 1:11 – A voice came out of the heavens: You are My beloved Son, in You I am well pleased.

The Father loves to confirm the faithfulness of His sons and daughters. Jesus is the One who made it possible for us to be reconciled to the Father. He is the One who gives us “the right to become the children of God” (John 1:12). Every believer stands accepted before God because Jesus was fully accepted by the Father. In Mark 1:11, the Father audibly declared His pleasure from the heavens over Jesus. Many believers have a hard time receiving the love of our Heavenly Father because of bad experiences with an earthly father. Many people have not heard their earthly father speak words of acceptance and affirmation, but rather judgments and condemnation. Jesus came for the specific purpose of revealing the Father. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). The disciples experienced how Jesus treated them and saw how He treated others. Through this, the Father’s love was revealed. The disciples had known of God through the Law, but now they were learning of Him through God’s love and grace.

The Scriptures make it clear how much the Father loves humanity. The three letters recorded in the Bible, written by John the Beloved, express the Father’s focused love for every believer. The Gospel of John declares that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son” (John 3:16). Paul wrote that “He hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6 KJV). The Holy Spirit has come to reveal the Father’s love. He is grieved when we have barriers to receiving His love. Those barriers can be broken if you will allow the Spirit of Grace to open your heart to the Father’s love. He will give you a spirit of forgiveness toward an earthly father who wounded you. He will give you courage to trust and believe your Heavenly Father’s word of acceptance. He will help you not only to know His love, but to be empowered to share His love. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and expose any area hindering you from hearing the Father say, “You are my beloved one, in whom I am well pleased through my Son, Jesus.”

Father, today, I open my heart to the fullness of Your love. Please give me grace to forgive anyone I need to forgive. I realize that my unforgiveness stands in the way of receiving Your love. By faith, I receive Your love made possible through Your Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.