THE LOVING HEART OF GOD OUR FATHER
He who does not love does not know God; for GOD is LOVE. 1 John 4:8
The Bible speaks many times of The loving Heart of God:
11The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.
1 Samuel 2
35I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest, Who shall do according what is in My Heart and in My mind.
God to Jeremiah
15Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, Who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
3I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, have I continued My faithfulness to you.
41I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all My heart and all My soul.
36Therefore, My Heart moans for Moab like flute, and My heart moans like flutes for the men of Kir-he’res.
God to Hosea
8“My heart recoils within Me, My compassions warm and tender.”
Job re God
4“…wise in heart, and mighty in strength…”
Job to God
13“Yet these things Thou hast hide in Thy heart”
1 Chronicles 17
David to God
19For Thy servant’s sake, O LORD, and according to Thy own heart, Thou hast wrought all this greatness, in making known all these great things.
2 Chronicles 7
God to Solomon
16For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there for all time.
3Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4Who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the Will of our God and Father; 5to Whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
16For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son …
8For God shows His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4
19Let us therefore love GOD, because GOD first hath loved us.
1 Peter 1
3Bessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
17Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with Whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
23If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make our abode with him.
Peace for the Disciples
25 “I have said this to you in figures; the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in My name; and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from the Father. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother
18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; 23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of My Father Who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the Will of My Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; 25 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; 33 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. 35 So also My heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”