1 John 3:1 – See how great a love the father has bestowed on us, that we would be called the children of God, and such we are.
For the next few devotions we will consider eight expressions of the Father’s Love.
In the Garden – God’s love is revealed through the boundaries He set for His creation. Adam was given assignments by the Lord. If he stayed within the boundaries the Lord gave, Adam would increase in the favor of God. He was given responsibility for the care of the entire Garden. He was to protect the Garden from any harm, and he was assigned the naming of all the animals. Eve’s call was as a help-meet to Adam’s work. Proverbs 31 gives us God’s view of the virtuous woman. Adam and Eve only had one area forbidden by the Lord. Don’t eat of the tree in the middle of the Garden (Genesis 2:17). Knowledge comes from God through intimacy with Him. Adam and Eve forsook that principle and lost the presence of the Lord’s favor. In God’s love He made a promise of redemption through the seed of the woman.
On the Mountain – God’s love is revealed through Moral Law. Moral law is the foundation for freedom, health, and prosperity which the Father wants for His children. Found recorded in Exodus 20:1-7 are 10 Commandments, four upward and six outward, The Law was not done away, but fulfilled, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt 5:17-19). Jesus summed up the Law when He said, “You Shall Love The Lord Your God With All Your Heart, And With All Your Soul, And With All Your Mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself.’ On these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets” (Matt 22:37-40).
God’s love then is revealed as He sets boundaries around our lives. Those boundaries are to protect us from the schemes of the enemy and to prepare us for God’s purposes and His determined destiny for every believer. His Moral law is the expression of His love for society. Through moral law, God’s people can grow in freedom, remain healthy, and develop financially for their own welfare and to bless others through God’s favor.
Father, I thank You for both “boundaries’ and “Moral Law” to protect and guide me. I receive Your freedom, health, and prosperity in my life.