Ever think of Jesus as affectionate?
I have to admit, I never have.
I see Jesus trustworthy, upright, kind, wise, compassionate, commanding, humble, giving and doing all things for the sake of His people—but not necessarily affectionate. When I hear the term, affection, I imagine snuggling, cuddling, handholding, smooching, butterfly kisses. So, I sat down with this word from the apostle Paul and asked the Holy Spirit, What does Your affection look like, Jesus?
And I felt it, like the weight of Him, like a great hand upon my chest. It was His love. Eyes closed, I envisioned kisses all over my face, like a Daddy with His precious child.
Oh, the grace of vision must never be taken for granted. God, the Father knit this gift into us for His affectionate purposes.
“I have you in my heart.” Paul says, comparing his affection with the same affection Jesus has for us. How sweet it is cuddling up in the truth: the same Lord who sent hail upon the earth, preached woes to pharisees, turned tables at the temple—also crafted the palm of your hand, the pucker of our lips, the beat of a heart, daisies that smile, and butterflies for His kids.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, The Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)