The Only Love to Meet Our Deep Longing

In the end, the love of Jesus is the only perfect love to meet our deep longing. Once we know his love, we can stop using people for their love and simply start loving them as Jesus loves us. This was Paul’s big idea in Ephesians as he transition from the love of Jesus for his bride, the church, to husbands loving their wives as Christ loves the church.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 192-193

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A New Look at I Corinthians 13

Sometimes the simplest things are the most profound. So it is with the love of Jesus Christ. His love is freeing, liberating, and transforming. There is a deep desire in each of us to be loved, and Jesus alone provides perfect love. Perhaps the best way to understand Jesus is love for the church is to insert his name in the place of the word love in each of the declarations in I Corinthians 13:4 – 8

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 192

God’s Love is not for the Undeserving but for the Ill-Deserving

Sometimes, we are so weighed down by our sin, losing sight of our identity in Christ, that we struggle to believe that God actually and personally loves us. We may believe that God loves the world, or individual people in it, but we are less likely to truly believe that God loves us. This is because we struggle to accept that God’s love is pure, unmerited, and free grace. Into this doubt Paul repeatedly brought a freeing truth: Jesus loves you. He cannot love you anymore. You will not the love you any less!

Other times, we are so unfamiliar with our send, often because we don’t really consider it honestly or feel it personally, that we don’t appreciate God’s love.  We neglect to remember that God’s love is not for the undeserving but for the ill deserving.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 188

God’s Love Cannot Be Understood Apart from the Cross of Christ

The Bible takes the concept of God’s love and connects it to the cross of Jesus Christ because that is where the mystery of God’s love was most clearly revealed. This is what Paul said in Ephesians 5:25, “Christ also loved the church and gave himself for her.” Other scriptures echo this fact and clearly demonstrated that the love of God simply cannot be understood apart from the cross of Christ: John 15:13, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, I John 4:9-10

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 188

The Best Dad Ever!

God the Father revealed in the Scriptures is so much better than the false gods invented by us confused orphans. Praise God! We have been adopted by a Father who loves us, lives with us, cares for us, and as needed, disciplines us for our good. We are heirs of all that is Christ’s, fully privileged sons and daughters of God, and adopted fully in Christ, with the best dad ever!

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 182

You Will Love What He Loves and Hate What He Hates

Your father is perfect, loving, gracious, merciful, patient, holy, helpful, and generous. The more you get to know him through Scripture, prayer, song, service, and time with your brothers and sisters in Christ, the more you’ll come to love and enjoy. Your desires will change from sin to holiness, and you will increasingly want to be like your Dad. You will love what he loves and hate what he hates.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 180

Celebrating at the Table

Jesus is a heir of all that is the Father’s and has chosen to share his inheritance with us. When the kingdom of God is fully established, this will include a resurrected glorified body, entrance to the kingdom, and the new heavens and the new earth, which will be a huge family reunion filled with worshipful feasting and celebrating at the table of our father.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 178