The primary benefits of the Father’s Love are:
- Experiencing a Place in His Heart.
- Receiving the Building Blocks for all Christian Growth.
Struggles with sin, fear, and stuckness all are rooted in living without love. The Christian life was never meant to be lived without the benefits of the Father’s love.
Being At Home in Love
Being “at home” in love should be the first and primary experience of the Christian life. This is a feeling that you are part of a loving family with a loving Father whose heart is open to you. A place where you feel loved, special, accepted, and included. You are special to the Father to the point He rejoices over you with joy and singing because you bring such pleasure to His heart. You are the apple of His eye. (Zech. 2:8).
This living loved experience has practical expression.
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There are 4 ways the Father’s love works out practically in your life. I like to use the acronym “SLED” to explain them.
S – Secured. Your heart is secured in love. You no longer live guarded or fearful of making a mistake. You become free from battling fears, condemnation, and feelings of failure. Learn at a heart level that God loves you unconditionally. You learn and live out experientially that your works, good or bad, cannot add or take away a single thing from the finished work of Christ on the cross. (Eph.2:8, 9).
L – Loved. When you experience God’s loving affection for you. You feel the value of your identity as a loved child of God, created in His image. You become ever freer of seeking counterfeit affections as your heart grows into the true affection of the Father’s love.
E – Esteemed. You receive your need for esteem and affirmation from the Father’s love and not from how well you perform. Your motives for why you do what you do become purified and that produces a deep rest inside of you.
D – Destiny. You grow into your destiny, the things in life you were created to do. Your heart is in a growth environment and you develop naturally without having to strive for it.