I am reading now in John, my favorite NT book. In chapters 13-17 Jesus talks a lot about love, how He loves the Father by obeying Him, and how He loves us.
In John 15:9 there is this amazing, astounding, unbelievable statement by Jesus: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”!!!
So how does the Father love Jesus? Here are a few adverbs that describe that. The Father loves Jesus
Enthusiastically, warmly, delightedly,
joyously, fully, faithfully,
unreservedly, wholeheartedly, passionately,
powerfully, perfectly, persistently, paternally,
expansively, eternally, beautifully,
unconditionally, unceasingly, constantly,
consistently, contentedly, completely,
with all goodness, grace, greatness and glory.
I’m sure that if we sat down and brainstormed, we could come up with more. But think about that: this is also how Jesus loves you!!! How can we ever doubt His love, proved on the cross, displayed in His resurrection, seen every day in God sightings.
He ends that verse with “Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love.” When we see how much he loves us, it is not hard to love Him back as we rest in the warmth and security of his merciful and gracious love. Let’s revel in that rejoice in that and love Him back by keeping His commands every day! That is doing what we know to be right.