by D'Ann Mateer
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;
and such we are.
I John 3:1a
We’ve talked a lot about love this week. But when I think of love I often go back to this verse in I John. Actually, I go back to the whole book of I John, but for now we’ll just look at this verse. Or half a verse.
If you are a parent, do you remember the day you first held your child in your arms? You loved that baby in that instant, although they had done nothing but cause you (or your wife) some type of pain. You called that baby your child from that moment on, laying claim to him or her in spite of what might come.
Do you understand that God loves you like that? That the moment you were “born” into His kingdom He lavished His love on you for no reason you can explain? And that from that moment forward, you were His child?
For many years I struggled with the love of God. Not openly. I knew all the right things. Did some of the right things. But when it came to believing that God loved ME, it didn’t completely compute. I could grasp—even convey—His love for others. But not for me. Not really.
Interestingly enough, He gave me a child that was hard to love. She was often willful and belligerent and disrupted the peace we desired for our home. I guess in some unconscious way, I equated myself with her. I knew I often showed the same qualities. And if I had trouble loving her, how much more would God have trouble loving me?
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us.
Only a great love could persist in the face of my stubbornness, believing He couldn’t love me. Only a great love could call me his child in spite of my willful ways. And only a great love could declare me His child in more than name, but in truth, in reality.
Have you considered lately the enormity of the love the Father has bestowed on you? It’s true. A great love, not one marred with human frailty, as ours is. And yet that is the hope we have. That His great love transforms us, allowing us to love others as He has loved us.
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