Wrapped in the Love of the Father

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“…To those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you!” (Jude 1-2, NET).

That’s just so GOOD! These words are an overflowing expression of His heart for you. “Wrapped in the love of God the Father.” Can you picture yourself there? I want to encourage you to spend an extra moment doing so. Why picturing? The Lord intends for us to use our spiritual senses to interact with Scripture. Your spirit has all five senses just like your body does, and their use will wonderfully enhance your understanding of God’s Word. It will literally aid you in your ability to feast on it:

“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained…” (Heb. 5:14, NASB).

See that? We can train our senses by practice. The more we practice looking with our spiritual eyes, the more we will be able to see (Eph. 1:18). The more we train our spiritual ears to be attentive and listen, the more we will hear the Good Shepherd’s voice talking to us (John 10:27, Rev. 3:20,22).

Let’s practice. Let’s take in our verse for today using our spiritual senses on purpose. Spiritual eyes and ears open, lean into this: “…To those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ. May mercy, peace, and love be lavished on you!”

Reading these words and gazing with the eyes of your heart, what do you see? Here’s a hint. This is more elementary than you may think. “Heart’s eyes” – they are the same part of us that we have called our “imagination” since our earliest years. Except, this exercise is not pretend. It’s real. As a child, you would picture scenes of superheroes, castles, princesses, astronauts. Do you remember how vivid and real they were to you? God gave you that faculty, not just for childhood entertainment. He gave it to you as a means to receive revelation from Him.

Using it now for this exercise, you simply picture, on purpose, what you just read in the verse. You picture yourself wrapped up in the Father’s love. What does that look like? Ask Holy Spirit to breathe on the picture with His spirit of revelation (Eph. 1:17). Ask Him to show you the reality of what is happening in His realm, in the heavenly places. In the heavenlies, you are seated with Jesus. You are wrapped up in the Father’s love. As this Scripture says, ask Him to lavish that love on you. Ask Him to cascade over you with His mercy and peace.

What did you see? I would love to hear about the pictures He showed you!

 

 

8 thoughts on “Wrapped in the Love of the Father

  1. What an amazing post, tying so many truths together. This post is kind of like a present we get to unwrap as well. Yes, we must train our spiritual eyes to see; we must open our hearts to the unveiling of scripture before our very eyes. God longs to reach us in so many ways; He longs to comfort us always. Our attention is drawn to many things, but He calls us nonetheless in all the ordinary moments of life. We come to see that there really are no ‘ordinary’ moments; God is with us moment to moment, day in and day out.

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  2. I have been blessed by this image many times over the years. I imagine a soft blanket, lighter than air, as warm as I need it to be, in which I can snuggle down and be held, safe and protected from the world and all it is throwing at me; it is large enough to cover me completely if I need that; It is soft enough to be like thistledown and weave itself around me in the wind – the breath of the Holy Spirit. It does not limit movement as there are times when I need it but also need to keep moving or doing, serving or loving; it is there for the asking. And it comes with God’s delight as I turn to Him like a little child and ask for His embrace. Such a beautiful picture. Soft yet strong, warm and comforting, held firm in the Father’s arms. God is so good – all the time! God bless you for this message which I read today when we commemorate the life of a beloved member of our family – by zoom. May each one who reads it wrap themselves in the blanket of God’s love and allow Him to hold them close. The beat of His heart says, I love you, I love you. Listen as you draw near to Him.

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    1. Wow. Mandy, that is exeedingly precious. My spirit is comforted and ministered to, reading it. I know you are seeing something so real and true in the spiritual realm. I know that picture is going to stay in my spirit too. I wholeheartedly thank you for sharing it! ❤ ❤

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  3. This is something I need to practice every day. Close my eyes, know that God is with me, and picture the peace and love that come along with that. Breathe in the joy of salvation, and simply be in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

    Thank you once assassin for sharing this life-giving passage.

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