"Guess what?” I asked him. “I know. You love me!” he replied with the “yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve heard this before” tone. It doesn’t bother me that for him, the knowledge that he is loved is routine. My husband and I practice telling all our sons that we love them all throughout the day. Especially when they are being disciplined. For me, one of the most important parts of our conversations over wrong behavior is the part where I tell them, “No matter what, even when you are doing something wrong, I still love you. That never changes!”
I don’t want them to think that there is a standard they have to meet for my love.
I don’t want them to think that when they sin, they are no longer worthy of my love.
I don’t want them to think that there is anything they can do to earn my love.
Do you realize that that is exactly the way God loves you and me? If you are in the middle of suffering, does it make you think that God doesn’t love you? When you look at your failures, do you believe that God couldn’t possibly love you…still? Have you been trying to “be good” so that you can please God and earn His love?
Here’s the amazing truth of the matter. You are God’s pearl. He loves you eternally and unconditionally! Just as I love my children, simply because they are mine, so much more so, the Lord loves us as His children! And though I fail in my love, God never fails! Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” And Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “Because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is grace you have been saved.”
If today you woke to deep trials, a sense that God couldn’t possibly love you, or feelings of loneliness and worthlessness, then choose to meditate on the knowledge that God’s love is not like a shifting shadow, here one moment and gone the next. Allow that truth to motivate you to obedience today. He is worthy of your devotion, a perfect Father, waiting to show you the depth of his passion for you, just as you are!
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