Experiencing the Father
The purpose of discipleship is not to learn more information about God, but to experience the personality and attributes of God as a good Father. It is so very important that we understand the difference. I can read about an historical figure like Napoleon forever, but if I was his son and he was a good father to me, I would have a much different experience than just my reading. I need to experience God as a good Father. Ephesians 4:32 tells me that the Father is a forgiving Father and Ephesians 5:1 tells me He's a very loving Father. Verse 32 says, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” And 5:1 says, "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love just as also Christ loved you and gave himself up for us." You will need to experience such truth.
How do we experience those truths? It is always through faith in what the Bible is teaching us, and as we exercise that faith, we should experience the emotions of love, joy, and peace from the Holy Spirit. Those emotions belong to the Christians who accept the privilege of being the well loved daughters and sons of God. Whether we believe it or not, as Ephesians tells us, we are the well loved children of God.
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