The miracle of the new birth is that God Himself, by the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside your re-created human spirit (John 14:17). You become His son or daughter, and He loves you just as much as He loves your blood-covenant Brother, Jesus. That revelation is so astounding, rich, and empowering! The same love wherewith God the Father loves the spotless, sinless Jesus, a resurrected man, is the way He loves you, His son or daughter. And He has entrusted to you that same love in your spirit (Romans 5:5) and under your command, with which to love others (John 13:34-35). You have the same authority to forgive those who have come against, hurt, or offended you–just as Jesus did (Luke 23:34). The world is to see this kind of love in you and realize the only reason for it is because you belong to Him. This covenant bond is what sets believers apart from the world and forges an inseparable and powerful connection that, when believers walk in it’s fullness, becomes irresistible because love–God’s love in us–never fails
(1 Corinthians 13:8).