Did you know that God the Father loves His children just as He loves God the Son (Jesus)? He does! The Bible says: "I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me" John 17:23 I have read the Lord's prayer in John 17 many, many times. And, no doubt, I have read this verse each of those times. I have even done studies on John 17. However last night in my personal reading time this verse literally jumped right off the page at me. God the Father loves me just as much as He loves Jesus. This is true for each of God's children. Now let's not make the mistake of applying this type of love to the whole human race. Jesus is not saying that the Father loves each human as much as He loves the Son. Jesus is only talking about those who belong to the Father, that is those the Father has given to Him (vss2,6,9,24,). This is God's love for His people. In fact in verse 23 itself we see that Jesus is seperating out "the world" from those the Father has given Him ("so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me"). If you are saved the Father loves you just as much as He loves Jesus Christ Himself (God the Son). Now that is a powerful fact. DA Carson says that this thought is, "breathtakingly extravagant". I agree 100%. What is the result of this? "so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me" John 17:23 Christians should be united so that the world may see the love of God in the church of Jesus Christ. Christ is not glorified, nor is the love of God seen in the church, when the church fights over unimportant stuff. How sad it is when we see a church split over money, or personalities! We are the family of God! We should be loving one another so that the love of Christ will be seen in the church. This certainly does not mean that we can't have healthy discussion and debate about important theological matters. We should! What it does mean, however, is that such debates should be carried out in a way that brings glory to God and shows the love of Christ in the church.