The Love Of The Father.
"If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15 "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16
Unlike the love of the child, "the love of the Father" is not for pleasure (dopamine emancipation), but for the child, hating not the child but his behavior when he does wrong/sins, disciplining (chastening) him that he might learn to do right—resulting in the child evaluating the situation, his "self" and the world around him according to the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth instead of thinking and acting according to his impulses and urges of the 'moment.' Not until the child learns to humble, deny, control, discipline his love of "self," i.e., his love of dopamine emancipation, , i.e., his love of the world (which stimulates it), willingly doing the Father's will instead of his, will he understand the Father's love for him. By nature the child does not learn this on his own, requiring the Father's chastening of him for doing wrong/sinning, i.e., for 'lusting' after dopamine emancipation. When the child has "the love of the Father" in him he loves others (as the Father) despite the wrong or evil they do (even to him), preaching the truth (the love of the Father) to them that they might come under conviction and repent, fellowshipping with them only when they repent before the Father, coming to know (as they) the Father's love for them.
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:5-11
When in the consensus, i.e., "group psychotherapy" meeting you are asked to be "positive" and not "negative," you are being asked (pressured) to deny the father's/Father's authority (and love; suspending the truth as on a cross in order to be affirmed by and affirm others, i.e., "build relationships"), establishing policy upon the carnal nature of the child, i.e., upon that which is of and for the world (dopamine emancipation) only instead. Without knowing it you have established law upon man's love of pleasure and hate of restraint. Know this: the 'moment' you get in his (man's or the groups) way, no longer engendering pleasure, i.e., 'liberating' dopamine within him, he can remove you (without having a guilty conscience while doing so) since he is doing it (augmenting pleasure, i.e., the child's nature and attenuation pain, i.e., the father's/Father's authority) for the "good" (pleasure) of society, i.e., the many, i.e., the "masses," i.e., the "people," i.e., the "community." "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 16:25
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
The gospel is all about the Father's love. It is the Son, Jesus Christ wanting you to know His Father's love for you, so that you can have "fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."
"[A]nd truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
Without the Father's love, all you have is the love of the child. Beware! The scriptures warn us: "And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable." "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:4-5, 12 "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken." Jeremiah 6:16, 17 "... and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death." Mark 13:12 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3, 4 "From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." James 4:1-3
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;" 2 Timothy 3:1-4
"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:5
When children, loving the toys their parent's buy them more than their parent's, no longer receive toys from their parent's, because of their (the children's) bad behavior (disrespect for their authority), the government steps in pressuring the parent's to buy them toys (approving, i.e., 'justifying' the child's bad behavior) or buys them for them (with the parent's tax dollars)—'justifying'' the children's disrespect toward their parent's authority in the process. "And for this cause [because men 'justify' themselves, i.e., their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of pleasure more than God] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good," instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasure (dopamine emancipation) the world stimulates within them]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017