I spent time the other day with my grandsons. At one point I had the youngest lying on a blanket outside and he was looking up at the leaves on the trees in his backyard. I got down on my hands and knees and put my face as close to his as I could get it. I even rubbed noses with him. His eyes were so attentive and they just locked on mine. I told him that I loved him over and over and over again.
Why do I love him? He hasn’t done anything yet…in fact he can’t even roll over yet. He will smile occasionally, but he doesn’t do a whole lot yet.
God used this illustration to drill home the fact that He loves me. He loves us. He loves us because we are His creation and we can choose to belong to Him, we are His. There is nothing we can do or will ever do that will make Him love us more.
In the same way, I love my grandchildren because they belong to me. I love them more than words can truly say. That day as we rubbed noses and locked eyes, the love I had just bubbled over…because he belongs to me.
How much more does God love us? We need to continually take ourselves back to this truth. There is no work that we can do or thing we need to do to earn God’s love.
God is Love and He Loves Us
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(Originally drafted Summer 2015)