He who loves much, grieves much.
 
Those who grieve are those who have chosen to make themselves vulnerable to the choices of others.
 
Throughout the nations, parents demonstrate this truth throughout their moments of time. As their children make wrong choices, those who love them grieve at their wrong choices.
 
Throughout the Bible, I AM calls Himself Father, and one New Testament writer observed:
 
Ephesians 3:15
    15For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name].

 
Who is this One Who calls Himself Father?
 
Who is this One Who loves those who tend toward error?
 
Who is this One Who has chosen to make Himself vulnerable enough that He would grieve at our wrong choices?
 
In addition to naming Himself Father, in the Bible I AM names Himself the Beginning and the End. In this capacity, He sees the beginning and end of each of our choices.
 
You know human parents who grieve as they watch their children make wrong choices. Though the parents cannot be certain where their children’s wrong choices will lead, they can guess.
 
A website dictionary offers this explanation of “human”:
 
“1. Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or having the nature of people: [for example] human frailty.
2.  consisting of people: the human race. 
3.  of or pertaining to the social aspect of people: human affairs. 
4.  a human being.”
 
It continues:
 
“Human may refer to that which is, or should be, characteristic of human beings. In thus describing characteristics, human may refer to good and bad traits of a person alike (human kindness; human weakness).”
 
“When emphasis is placed upon the latter [the bad traits], human is thought of as contrasted to divine: “To err is human, to forgive divine.” [Or, as an apology or a justification] “He was only human.”
 
Who is this One Who chooses to love those whose very definition includes words like “frailty,” “weakness,” who label their humanity “an apology” or use it as an excuse for bad behavior?
 
Further, we humans are not able to love purely.
 
Let’s turn our focus now to Pure Love Himself and His ability to love purely. This is best illustrated if we focus on His first choice toward Adam.
 
As you read the following verses, focus on His majesty, splendor, ability, and power.
 
Revelation 4:11
    11Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.
 
Colossians 1:16-17
    16For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.
    17And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (are held together).
 
John 1:3
    3All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.
 
Romans 11:36
    36For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).
 
1 Corinthians 8:6
    6Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist].

 
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Consider the power of God as you investigate the following verses. Notice that after He created each new thing, He said, “It is good.” In contrast, after He created Man, He termed Man “very good.”
 
Genesis 1:All
    1In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.    2The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
    3And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
    4And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness.
    5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
    6And God said, Let there be a firmament [the expanse of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below] from the waters [above].
    7And God made the firmament [the expanse] and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it was so.
    8And God called the firmament Heavens. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
    9And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected into one place [of standing], and let the dry land appear. And it was so.
    10God called the dry land Earth, and the accumulated waters He called Seas. And God saw that this was good (fitting, admirable) and He approved it.
    11And God said, Let the earth put forth [tender] vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself, each according to its kind, upon the earth. And it was so.
    12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed according to their own kinds and trees bearing fruit in which was their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.
    13And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
    14And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs and tokens [of God's provident care], and [to mark] seasons, days, and years,
    15And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light upon the earth. And it was so.
    16And God made the two great lights--the greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars.
    17And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth,
    18To rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.
    19And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
    20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.
    21God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.
    22And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply in the earth.
    23And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
    24And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creeping things, and [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds. And it was so.
    25And God made the [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and domestic animals according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.
    26God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
    27So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
    28And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
    29And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
    30And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground--to everything in which there is the breath of life--I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.
    31And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

 
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Consider for a moment the absolutes of God. In Him resides all power, all majesty, all splendor, all glory, all ability, all excellence.
 
From before He created the earth, although He had perfect power, God the I AM, the Eternal Father, desired relationship. He choose to establish relationship with Man ― and He chose to give Man free will so that, in return for His love and care, Man would choose Him ―so that Man would choose to return His love.
 
The Bible says that God the I AM formed the first Man, Adam, from the soil of the earth. In Adam He initiated the type relationship He desired to enjoy with Man. Read that word again: “enjoy.”
 
2 Corinthians 6:18
    18And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

 
God, Pure Love Himself ― the immense One Who created the heavens and the earth, Who flung the stars into position, the One Who hung the earth on nothing ― intentionally reduced Himself in size.
 
Then, He lovingly formed Adam with His two hands using His complete attention, leaned toward Adam, and breathed into Adam’s nostrils.
 
Because sin had not yet entered the world, Adam’s mind was a completely pure, blank canvas.
 
When Father God’s breath surged LIFE into Adam, Adam opened His eyes to see the smiling, welcoming, accepting face of Pure Love.
 
From that moment, God, Pure Love Himself initiated daily walks with Adam so that they could enjoy one another’s presence and fellowship. [Did you notice that word “enjoy” again?]
 
The God of All Majesty chose to be vulnerable to the free will ― the relational choices ― of Man.
 
Moment-to-moment relationship is Pure Love’s plan. It was His plan for the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, and it is equally His plan for you.
 
Not long after I AM established relationship with Adam and Eve, they chose to disobey and, as a direct result, their carefree day-to-day relationship with I AM was shattered.
 
Several generations later, I AM proved that He Who loves much, grieves much. He stated:
 
Genesis 6:5-7
    5The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually.
    6And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.
    7So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground--not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air--for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them.

 
Man became wicked because they focused their love ― which God rightfully should have received ― on evil gods and the idols which represented them.
 
Jeremiah 10:3-5
    3For the customs and ordinances of the peoples are false, empty, and futile; it is but a tree which one cuts out of the forest [to make for himself a god], the work of the hands of the craftsman with the ax or other tool.
    4They deck [the idol] with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers so it will not fall apart or move around.
    5[Their idols] are like pillars of turned work [as upright and stationary and immobile as a palm tree], like scarecrows in a cucumber field; they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it possible for them to do good [and it is not in them].

Psalm 115:4-8
    4The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
    5They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
    6They have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not;
    7They have hands, but they handle not; feet have they, but they walk not; neither can they make a sound with their throats.
    8They who make idols are like them; so are all who trust in and lean on them.
 
Psalm 135:15-18
    15The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
    16[Idols] have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
    17They have ears, but they hear not, nor is there any breath in their mouths.
    18Those who make [idols] are like them; so is everyone who trusts in and relies on them.

 

In Acts 19:26, Paul clearly stated that gods that are made with human hands are not really gods at all. Idols are harmless. People throughout the nations will agree, however, that the demons behind the idols are vicious, cruel, wicked, evil, and determined to destroy. God grieves:
 
Isaiah 44:9-20
     9All who make graven idols are confusion, chaos, and worthlessness. Their objects (idols) in which they delight do not profit them, and their own witnesses (worshipers) do not see or know, so that they are put to shame.
    10Who is [such a fool as] to fashion a god or cast a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
    11Behold, all his fellows shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen, [how can they make a god?] they are but men. Let them all be gathered together, let them stand forth; they shall be terrified, they shall be put to shame together.
    12The ironsmith sharpens and uses a chisel and works it over the coals; he shapes [the core of the idol] with hammers and forges it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint.
    13The carpenter stretches out a line, he marks it out with a pencil or red ocher; he fashions [an idol] with planes and marks it out with the compasses; and he shapes it to have the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, that it may dwell in a house.
    14He hews for himself cedars, and takes the holm tree and the oak and lets them grow strong for himself among the trees of the forest; he plants a fir tree or an ash, and the rain nourishes it.
    15Then it becomes fuel for a man to burn; a part of it he takes and warms himself, yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. [Then out of the remainder, the leavings] he also makes a god and worships it! He [with his own hands] makes it into a graven image and falls down and worships it!
    16He burns part of the wood in the fire; with part of it he [cooks and] eats flesh, he roasts meat and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, Aha! I am warm, I have seen the fire!
    17And from what is left [of the log] he makes a god, his graven idol. He falls down to it, he worships it and prays to it and says, Deliver me, for you are my god!
    18They do not know or understand, for their eyes God has let become besmeared so that they cannot see, and their minds as well so that they cannot understand.
    19And no one considers in his mind, nor has he knowledge and understanding [enough] to say [to himself], I have burned part of this log in the fire, and also I have baked bread on its coals and have roasted meat and eaten it. And shall I make the remainder of it into an abomination [the very essence of what is disgusting, detestable, and shamefully vile in the eyes of a jealous God]? Shall I fall down and worship the stock of a tree [a block of wood without consciousness or life]?
    20That kind of man feeds on ashes [and finds his satisfaction in ashes]! A deluded mind has led him astray, so that he cannot release and save himself, or ask, Is not [this thing I am holding] in my right hand a lie?


Hosea 4:12
    12My people [habitually] ask counsel of their [senseless] wood [idols], and their staff [of wood] gives them oracles and instructs them. For the spirit of harlotry has led them astray and they have played the harlot, withdrawing themselves from subjection to their God.
 

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Dictionaries define “grief” as intense emotional suffering. Throughout the Bible Father God tells us that our choices cause Him to grieve.
 
Proving His eternal mercy, God decided to choose one insignificant tribe of people to which He could demonstrate to all the nations His desire for relationship with them. Though the Old Testament details the wrong choices of this one nation [among others], God uses their history to teach us about Himself.

The Old Testament is not about humans and their humanity, their innate tendency to make wrong choices.

The Old Testament and the New Testament showcase the nature and character, the virtues, of God the I AM, in His Self-chosen role of Father.

Again and again, Father God asked His people to obey His commandments. Specifically, He commanded them not to bow down to idols of demon gods. Why?
 
He knew that if they opened up their hearts to the evil forces behind the idols, these, His beloved children, would suffer tremendously throughout their lives.
 
Further, if they continued worshiping false gods until they died, they were destined for eternal damnation.
 
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It’s important for you to know that you have your own, individual place in God’s Heart. No one but you can occupy that place, and it’s 100% your choice whether or not you want to take your rightful place in His vast Heart. Your Father God wants you to respond to His invitation to His love ― so much that He sent Jesus to shed His Blood and die to make that possible.
 
If for any reason you choose not to take your rightful place in God’s Heart, it will remain empty forever … and He will grieve His loss ― and yours ― throughout eternity.
 
We’ll look at some passages of Scripture that demonstrate God’s Heart as your Loving Father, passages that prove that His Heart of Love. He Who loves much, grieves much. Father God has grieved since Man first sinned.
 
Jesus was Father God’s solution.
 
Jesus proved Father God’s desire to restore each of us to the Father-child, Heart-to-heart relationship with Him that He designed for each of us.
 
Father God sent Jesus, not only as our Answer, but as His.
 
Because Jesus triumphed in living a pure, sinless life on this earth and because Jesus chose to lay down His life and shed His Blood for Man, Jesus not only did all that was necessary to provide forgiveness, but His choice ministered deeply to Father God’s grieving heart.
 
In the following verses that demonstrate His grief, notice the name of the writer of the verse, and then use the chart here to identify the period of time in which the writer lived.
 
Consider the patience of God as you discover that:


  • Leviticus was probably written during the 1400s B.C., when this insignificant tribe of people wandered in the desert.
 
  • Isaiah was written around 740 – 700 B.C.
 
  • Jeremiah was written around 600 B.C.
 
  • Ezekiel was written between 593 and 571 B.C.
 
  • Hosea was written around 740 B.C.
 
  • As He was dying, Jesus asked Father God to forgive them all in around 32 A.D.
 
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The most shocking passage was written over 700 years before Jesus came to earth:
 
Jeremiah 32:32-35
    32Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah which they have done to provoke Me to anger--they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
    33And they have turned their backs to Me and not their faces; though I taught them persistently, yet they would not listen and receive instruction.
    34But they set their abominations [of idol worship] in the house which is called by My Name to defile it.
    35And they built the high places [for worship] of Baal in the Valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire [sacrificing their children in worship of and] to Molech--which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind or heart that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

 
Child sacrifice to demon gods did not enter the Mind of the One Who created all things.
 
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I AM especially reveals how He feels about His disobedient people in the Book of Jeremiah.
 

All the verses in the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah are words from God through God's spokesman, Jeremiah, to the people just mentioned in Jeremiah 32. God desired that all His people would repent of their sins and would be restored to Him.

In the New Testament Book of Acts, in Acts 7:42, God rhetorically asks who it was this people worshipped when they were in the desert for forty years. After all, it was God Who supernaturally freed this insignificant tribe of people from slavery in Egypt.

He answers His own question in Acts 7:43:

Acts 7:43
    43 [No!] You took up the tent (the portable temple) of Moloch and carried it [with you], and the star of the god Rephan, the images which you [yourselves] made that you might worship them; and I will remove you [carrying you away into exile] beyond Babylon.

 
Jeremiah has been called the Weeping Prophet. As you read the following verses, consider this: when Jeremiah wept, Whose tears flowed?
 
Jeremiah 2:1-28
    1And the word of the Lord came to me [Jeremiah], saying,
    2Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says the Lord: I [earnestly] remember the kindness and devotion of your youth, your love after your betrothal [in Egypt] and marriage [at Sinai] when you followed Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.
    3Israel was holiness [something set apart from ordinary purposes, dedicated] to the Lord, the firstfruits of His harvest [of which no stranger was allowed to partake]; all who ate of it [injuring Israel] offended and became guilty; evil came upon them, says the Lord.
    4Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.
    5Thus says the Lord: What unrighteousness did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and [habitually] went after emptiness, falseness, and futility and themselves became fruitless and worthless?
    6Nor did they say, Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death and deep darkness, through a land that no man passes through and where no man dwells?
    7And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and good things. But when you entered, you defiled My land and made My heritage an abomination [detestable and loathsome].
    8[Even] the priests did not say, Where is the Lord? And those who handle the law [given by God to Moses] knew Me not. The rulers and secular shepherds also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by [the authority and in the name of] Baal and followed after things that do not profit.
    9Therefore I will still contend with you [by inflicting further judgments on you], says the Lord, and with your children's children will I contend.
    10For cross over to the coasts of Cyprus [to the west] and see, send also to Kedar [to the east] and carefully consider; and see whether there has been such a thing as this:
    11Has a nation [ever] changed its gods, even though they are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory [God] for that which does not profit.
    12Be astonished and appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked and shrivel up with horror, says the Lord [at the behavior of the people].
    13For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and they have hewn for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns which cannot hold water.
    14Is Israel a servant? Is he a homeborn slave? Why has he become a captive and a prey?
    15The young lions have roared over him and made their voices heard. And they have made his land a waste; his cities are burned ruins without inhabitant.
    16Moreover, the children of Memphis and Tahpanhes [have in times past shown their power as a foe; they] have broken and fed on the crown of your head --so do not rely on them as an ally now.
    17Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the Lord your God when He led you in the way?
    18And now what have you to gain by allying yourself with Egypt and going her way, to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what have you to gain in going the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
    19Your own wickedness shall chasten and correct you, and your backslidings and desertion of faith shall reprove you. Know therefore and recognize that this is an evil and bitter thing: [first,] you have forsaken the Lord your God; [second,] you are indifferent to Me and the fear of Me is not in you, says the Lord of hosts.
    20For long ago [in Egypt] I broke your yoke and burst your bonds [not that you might be free, but that you might serve Me] and long ago you shattered the yoke and snapped the bonds [of My law which I put upon you]; you said, I will not serve and obey You! For upon every high hill and under every green tree you [eagerly] prostrated yourself [in idolatrous worship], playing the harlot.
    21Yet I had planted you a choice vine, wholly of pure seed. How then have you turned into degenerate shoots of wild vine alien to Me?
    22For though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, yet your iniquity and guilt are still [upon you; you are] spotted, dirty, and stained before Me, says the Lord.
    23How can you say, I am not defiled; I have not gone after the Baals [other gods]? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done. You are a restive young female camel [in the uncontrollable violence of her brute passion eagerly] running hither and thither,
    24Or [you have the untamed and reckless nature of] a wild donkey used to the desert, in her heat sniffing the wind [for the scent of a male]. In her mating season who can restrain her? No males seeking her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her [seeking them].
    25[Cease from your mad running after idols, from which you get nothing but bitter injury.] Keep your feet from being unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, It is hopeless! For I have loved strangers and foreigners, and after them I will go.
    26As the thief is brought to shame when he is caught, so shall the house of Israel be brought to shame--they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets--
    27[Inasmuch as] they say to a tree, You are my father, and to a stone, You gave me birth. For they have turned their backs to Me and not their faces; but in the time of their trouble, they say, Arise [O Lord] and save us!
    28But where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them arise if they can save you in the time of your trouble! For [as many as] the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah. [Surely so many handmade idols should be able to help you!]
 
Jeremiah 2:32
    32Can a maid forget and neglect [to wear] her ornaments, or a bride her [marriage] girdle [with its significance like that of a wedding ring]? Yet My people have forgotten Me, days without number.
 
Jeremiah 3:19-20
    19And I thought how [gloriously and honorably] I would set you among My children and give you a pleasant land, a goodly heritage, the most beautiful and best [inheritance] among all nations! And I thought you would call Me My Father and would not turn away from following Me.
    20Surely, as a wife treacherously and faithlessly departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously and faithlessly with Me, O house of Israel, says the Lord.
 
Jeremiah 4:14
    14O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved! How long shall your grossly offensive thoughts lodge within you?
 
Jeremiah 7:24
    24But they would not listen to and obey Me or bend their ear [to Me], but followed the counsels and the stubborn promptings of their own evil hearts and minds, and they turned their backs and went in reverse instead of forward.
 

Jeremiah 18:15
    15Yet My people have forgotten Me; they burn incense to false gods, they have been caused to stumble in their ways and in the ancient roads, to walk in bypaths, in a way not graded and built up [not on a highway],
 
Jeremiah 19:13
    13And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah, which are defiled, shall be like the place of Topheth [a place of burning and abomination]--even all the houses upon whose roofs incense has been burned to all the host of the heavens and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods.
 

In Jeremiah 15:6, Jeremiah speaks for the Lord and mourns, "You have rejected and forsaken Me, says the Lord. You keep going in reverse."

Can you “hear” Fatherly grief in the next passages?
 
Jeremiah 48:36
    36Therefore My heart moans and sighs for Moab like flutes, and My heart moans and sighs like flutes for the men of Kir-heres; therefore [the remnant of] the abundant riches they gained has perished.
 
Hosea 11:3-4
    3Yet I taught (the people of) Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms or taking them up in My arms, but they did not know that I healed them.
    4I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love, and I was to them as one who lifts up and eases the yoke over their cheeks, and I bent down to them and gently laid food before them.

Hosea 11:7-8
    7My people are bent on backsliding from Me; though [the prophets] call them to Him Who is on high, none at all will exalt Him or lift himself up [to come to Him].
    8How can I give you up, O Ephraim! How can I surrender you and cast you off, O Israel! How can I make you as Admah or how can I treat you as Zeboiim [cities which God destroyed with Sodom because of the multitude of sinful choices they’d chosen]! My heart recoils within Me; My compassions are kindled together.

 
Other fathers of the faith further define the Fatherly grief demonstrated by our Loving Father God.
 
Isaiah 1:2
    2Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: I have nourished and brought up sons and have made them great and exalted, but they have rebelled against Me and broken away from Me.
 
Leviticus 17:7
     7So they shall no more offer their sacrifices to goatlike gods or demons or field spirits after which they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever to them throughout their generations.
 
Proverbs 1:24-25
    24Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out My hand and no man has heeded it,
    25And you treated as nothing all My counsel and would accept none of My reproof,
 
Jeremiah 7:13
    13And now, because you have done all these things, says the Lord, and [because] when I spoke to you persistently [even rising up early and speaking], you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer,
 
Hosea 7:6-7
    6For they have made ready their heart, and their mind burns [with intrigue] like an oven while they lie in wait. Their anger smolders all night; in the morning it blazes forth as a flaming fire.
    7They are all hot as an oven and devour their judges; all their kings are fallen; there is none among them who calls to Me.
 
Isaiah 65:1-5
    1 I was [ready to be] inquired of by those who asked not; I was [ready to be] found by those who sought Me not. I said, Here I AM, here I AM [says I AM] to a nation that has not called on My name.
    2I have spread out My hands all the day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts--
    3A people who provoke Me to My face continually, sacrificing [to idols] in gardens and burning incense upon bricks [instead of at God's prescribed altar];
    4Who sit among the graves [trying to talk with the dead] and lodge among the secret places [or caves where familiar spirits were thought to dwell]; who eat swine's flesh, and the broth of abominable and loathsome things is in their vessels;
    5Who say, Keep to yourself; do not come near me, for I am set apart from you [and lest I sanctify you]! These are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.
 
Isaiah 66:3
    3[The acts of the hypocrite's worship are as abominable to God as if they were offered to idols.] He who kills an ox [then] will be as guilty as if he slew and sacrificed a man; he who sacrifices a lamb or a kid [as an offering to God], as if he broke a dog's neck and sacrificed him; he who offers a cereal offering, as if he offered swine's blood; he who burns incense [to God], as if he blessed an idol. [Such people] have chosen their own ways, and they delight in their abominations;

 
In Ezekiel 18:31, Father God encourages, "Cast away from you all your transgressions by which you have transgressed against Me, and make you a new mind and heart and a new spirit." God asks, "For why will you die [in your rebellion]?"
 
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We started this discussion with this verse from the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah and the New Testament Book of Acts.
 
Jeremiah 32:35
    35And they built the high places [for worship] of Baal in the Valley of Ben-hinnom [son of Hinnom] to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire [sacrificing their children in worship of and] to Molech--which I did not command them, nor did it come into My mind or heart that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
 
Acts 7:43
     43[No!] You took up the tent (the portable temple) of Molech and carried it [with you], and the star of the god Rephan, the images which you [yourselves] made that you might worship them; and I will remove you [carrying you away into exile] beyond Babylon.

 
Here is what God the I AM destined for Molech:
 
Isaiah 30:33
    33For Topheth [a place of burning and abomination] has already been laid out and long ago prepared; yes, for the king and Molech it has been made ready, its pyre made deep and large, with fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, kindles it.

 
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In absolute contrast, all the sections of this website detail the extravagant goodness and vibrant life that God the I AM destined for you ― if you choose to respond to His desire for relationship.
 
Around 60 years after Jesus died on the cross and shed His Blood, Peter wrote:
 
2 Peter 3:9
    9The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.

 
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How can you be restored to relationship with God?
 
How can You minister to Father God’s grieving Heart?
 
All of us have sinned and fallen short, and God, our Loving Father has provided a way. We must believe that Jesus came to earth and shed His blood for our sins. If we do and we ask Him to forgive us for our sins, then:
 
1 John 1:9
    9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

 
If you make this choice, you can join Jesus in ministering to Father God’s grieving Heart.
 
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Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
God Has Waited Your Whole Life For This Moment
 
Isaiah 30:18 says that God longs to be gracious to you; He waits to have compassion on you.
 
Did your heart hear the active, present-tense words “longs” and “waits”?
 
This verse does not say that He waited a long time and then gave up on you. No, this Bible verse uses words which are active, present-tense, continuous, and ongoing.
 
Remember that God’s Name is I AM, I Was, And I Will Be.
 
This is matching, eternal Truth — His love for you is, was, and forever will be.
 
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God, Who names Himself your Father, has waited your entire life for this moment.
 
Haven’t you always had a longing, an emptiness in your heart, that you weren’t sure how to fill?
 
Perhaps you’ve pursued relationships, hoping to fill the emptiness, but they didn’t satisfy.
 
Perhaps you’ve worked hard to earn position, possessions, or power, and even if you achieved them in part, when you are being honest with yourself, they didn’t fill up the undefined longing in your heart.
 
First John 4:19 tells us that we love Him because He first loved us. It is eternal Truth that He has been singing to your heart from the foundations of the world.
 
What has God been singing to you? God has sung His invitation into the Father-child relationship with you for which He has longed from eternity past until this moment right now.
 
Isaiah 30:18 starts with the truth that God longs to be gracious to you; He waits to have compassion on you. It ends with the definition of what your heart has longed for all your life:
 
The English-language Amplified Bible finishes Isaiah 30:18 with these words: “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!”
 
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James 1:18 says that it was through His own free will that He gave you birth and called you into the esteemed position of child ― His beloved child.
 
You were created to enjoy relationship with God as your Father, but He is not the only One with free will. He has given you free will.
 
You must choose relationship with Him for yourself, and you must make this choice while you still have breath.
 
All you need is the desire to respond to His love by moving toward Him. He’ll do all the rest.
 
Why delay?
 

 
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Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
Believing That God Exists
 
When you pray the prayer that follows, asking God for the gift of restored relationship with Him as your Father, you're exercising your free will in indicating you are willing to move closer to Him in relationship.
 
Your willingness pleases God, because you have freely chosen to know Him and to return to the relationship with Him which He established before you were born.

 
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Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
Believing That Jesus Came To Bring Vibrant, Abundant LIFE
 
God gave Mankind rules for living so that we could prosper in all ways ― physically, mentally, financially, emotionally, and relationally. God says:
 
Isaiah 55:8-9
    8For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
    9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

 
Because of our definition as human [which, as you will see in other places on this website, focuses more on our inabilities than our abilities], in our own abilities it is impossible to perfectly obey the commandments of God.
 
When we follow our own ways we are, in fact, pridefully thinking that in our own strength we can achieve His righteousness. Isaiah 64:6 says our righteousness is like filthy rags.
 
Isaiah 59:2 says that our sins have created a barrier between us and Him and, by our own works there is no way we can break through ― or go over, under, or around ― that barrier.
 
Romans 3:10 says there is no one righteous in his own abilities — not one.
 
Some of us think that we can “trick” God into loving us despite who we really are.
 
As humans, most of us reason incorrectly that if we strive to be “good” [whatever that means] that we can impress God enough to “earn” an increase in His love toward us.
 
The truth is that we cannot earn any more love from God than He has already, freely, given us. He has already given us all His love, holding none back.
 
Striving and earning to achieve our own righteousness are works based in “self,” and it is impossible for “self” to achieve righteousness. Self-motivation, self-striving, self-effort, and self-discipline are all grounded in human abilities. Self-justification simply proves that we are striving in our own efforts.
 
All these works of “self” have, at their foundation, pride. Pride is sin.
 
Actually, pride is the sin that established satan as God’s enemy.
 
What is sin?
 
1 John 2:15-16
    15Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
    16For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for things that please our five senses] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
 
1 John 3:4
    4Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God's law by transgression or neglect--being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
 
James 1:14-15
    14But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
    15Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.
 

Genesis 3 describes how satan deceived Adam and Eve to rebel and to make choices against God and against His commands. Since that time, sin has been passed down through all the generations of mankind and we, Adam’s descendants, have all inherited sin from him.
 
Romans 5:12
    12Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because all men sinned.
 
Romans 6:23
    23For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

 
Another of our inheritances from Adam is our inability to love purely. Even as we tell others that we love them, we try to manipulate them to do things our way, to give us things they have that we want.
 
Sin is certainly not limited to the type of crimes that societies punish through imprisonment or death sentences. Almost all actions motivated by the concept of “self” — selfishness, self-justification, self-promotion [among others] — are sins in God’s eyes.
 
As our wise Father, He has put guidelines in place that ensure our relational health [how we relate to others and they relate to us]. When we are motivated by self, we sin, and we bring about relational death. Relational death is not only limited to our fellow humans, but to our relationship with God.
 
The only just penalty for sin is death — not just physical death but eternal death.
 
Revelation 20:11-15
    11Then I saw a great white throne and the One [God] Who was seated upon it, from Whose presence and from the sight of Whose face earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
    12I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done [their whole way of feeling and acting, their motives] in accordance with what was recorded in the books.
    13And the sea delivered up the dead who were in it, death and Hades (the state of death) surrendered the dead in them, and all were tried and their cases determined by what they had done [according to their motives, aims, and works].
    14Then death and Hades (the state of death) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
    15And if anyone's [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.

 
You must realize that the “many paths to God” theory is satan’s deception and is not truth.
 
John 12:40
    40He [satan] has blinded their eyes and hardened and numbed their [callous, unfeeling] hearts [He has made their minds dull], to keep them from seeing with their eyes and understanding with their hearts and minds and repenting and turning to Me to heal them.
 

As Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, men who had been blinded by satan to think that by their own righteousness they could achieve forgiveness of sins, He used harsh language to shock them into the truth:
 
John 8:44
    44You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.

 
He explained to them, and is still speaking to us today:
 
John 14:6
    6Jesus said to him, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
 
Revelation 1:18
    18And the Ever-living One [
I AM living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I AM alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).
 

While satan’s passion is your individual destruction, Jesus’ passion is your individual, vibrant LIFE.
 
John 10:10
    10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

 
How can you be saved from the death and eternal destruction that sin ensures?
 
First, you must be willing to believe the truth that is detailed in the sections Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifice, and Jesus’ Exchanges — Jesus came to earth as a man in order to live the sinless life that you cannot live; He died in your place, so that you would not have to pay the penalty you deserve for the sins you’ve committed.
 
It’s important to note that as God sent Jesus, He gifted Jesus with the same free will that you enjoy. In other words, although Jesus was sent to die, death was Jesus’ choice. When He moved forward toward the agonizing death of the cross, He did so willingly.
 
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With Jesus as your standard of perfection, you're now acknowledging that when Jesus shed His Blood, He accomplished everything necessary to restore you to the Father-child relationship with God you were created to enjoy.
 
You must confess your past wrong choices, and repent. Repent means to turn, and to turn away from. Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart, His Holy Spirit will help you to overcome sin.
 
2 Peter 3:9
    9The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.
 
Acts 3:19
    19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
 
1 John 1:9
    9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

 
The Name of Jesus carries all power:
 
Philippians 2:9-11
    9Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the Name that is above every Name,
    10That in (at) the Name of Jesus every knee should [must] bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
Acts 2:21
    21And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
 
Acts 10:43
    43To Him all the prophets testify (bear witness) that everyone who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him] receives forgiveness of sins through His Name.
 
Acts 13:38-39
    38So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man [Jesus] forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you;
    39And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.

 
Next, you admit you are ready to accept Jesus’ sacrifice ― that His choice to die on the cross and shed His Blood for you has enabled your choice to live in relationship with God as your Father.
 
Colossians 1:13-14
    13[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
    14In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
 
Colossians 1:19-22
    19For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him [Jesus] permanently.
    20And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
    21And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,
    22Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father's] presence.
 
1 John 4:9
    9In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.
 

The Bible gives us rich encouragement starting with the words “But God”:
 
Ephesians 2:4-10
    4But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,
    5Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
    6And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    7He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.
    8For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
    9Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
    10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

 
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Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
Pray It Now
 
"Father, I know that I have not obeyed Your laws. I’ve pursued my own ways instead of Yours.
 
I’ve made decisions which were contrary to your will for me. My wrong actions and choices, my sins, have separated me from You.
 
I confess that I have tried to “earn” Your love. I’ve tried to be “good,” and now I admit that no amount of striving on my part has achieved Your righteousness.
 
I realize now that it’s only because of Jesus’ triumph that I can be righteous.
 
Please forgive me for all wrong thinking about Your nature and character. Please forgive me for all wrong choices, decisions, and actions. Please forgive me for all works of “self” and all pride.
 
Please help me to turn from sin, and all tendency toward sin.
 
I believe that Jesus died and shed His Blood for my sins. I believe that Jesus accomplished all that was necessary to restore me to the relationship with You that You desire, the relationship with You for which I was born.
 
I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to reign in my heart from this day forward.
 
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me know You, and begin teaching me how deep, how wide, how high, and how broad is my Father God’s love for me.
 
In Your Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen."
 
Romans 8:37-39
    37Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
    38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
    39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
1 John 4:16
    16And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.
 
Galatians 4:4-7
    4But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
    5To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God's sons].
    6And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!
    7Therefore, you are no longer a slave (to sin) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.
 
Romans 8:15
    15For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
 
Jude 1:24-25
    24Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]--
    25To the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever (unto all the ages of eternity). Amen (so be it).

 
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One translation of the Bible verse Zephaniah 3:17 says that God, your Father, rejoices over you with singing. Another translation says that He rejoices over you with shouts of joy.
 
Earlier, you learned that He has been singing His song of Fatherly love over you from the foundations of the world.
 
As you prayed the prayer just now, somewhere in the world He has caused all His angels, and the dawn, and the sunset to join with Him in shouting for joy!
 
It is Truth that He has waited your entire life for this moment.
 
Now, please go to the section of the website named His Father’s Heart Expressed. Why?
 
God, your Father, wants to minister to your heart right now by showing you how much He loves you.