25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
The word love in these verses come from the same root word – Phileo. What is Phileo? It is brotherly, companionship love. Love that indicates that intimate connection between two parties, not just a reverend being and one who is saved, but as brothers and sisters, sharing intimate details with each other.
When we thank Jesus for dying on the cross, do we just thank Him for doing that so that we are able to get salvation? Is it just that “contract” love for Him? “Thanks for giving us this way, see you soon, bye!”. That’s not love at all, that’s just gratitude. “For God so loved (agapao) the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). Agape love – Undeserved, Unmerited. These 2 words for love, clearly different, and with good reason.
God loves the world, for He is our Creator. But to make that special connection with Him, to have that Phileo love as well, I believe that is the privilege that we Christians get to have. That special connection. A person to talk to in times of need. A person to share your joys with. A God who is omnipresent and understands what you are going through. Doesn’t that make you want to grow closer and closer to Him? And this passage tells us how to do that, by first getting intimate with Jesus.
Let us wash ourselves with the Word everyday, may our eyes be opened to see your wonders each and every day, Lord, and may we, above all else, grow closer and closer to You.