Years ago when we learned I was pregnant with our second child, I had a deep-seated fear—I loved our firstborn so much that I feared I wouldn’t be able to love our next child as much. Thankfully, that irrational fear disappeared pretty quickly because once the reality of my pregnancy had sunk in, I’d already started loving that child. Then, once the nurse laid him in my arms, my heart exploded.
However, the love I feel for our two sons is nothing compared to the love God feels for us. The agape kind of love. That unconditional, everlasting kind of love.
Now I have another confession—I’ve had times when I wondered if God even loved me at all. After all, how could a supposedly kind, loving father allow me to go through some of the difficulties I endured in my life?
Just didn’t make sense.
One night, with my heart raw and ragged, I cried out to God. “God, if you love me, why are you allowing me to go through these things?”
“It’s because I love you and want a deeper relationship with you that I allow you to endure those hardships. Otherwise, you wouldn’t need me. You wouldn’t notice me. You wouldn’t depend on me.”
You know what?
He was right. (Of course.)
How Do I Know?
Those trials were for my own good. I didn’t see it at the time, but looking back, I can see how God was by my side as I walked through the fire. He was there during the darkest times in my life.
He waited for me to need Him. To depend on Him. To walk with Him.
Those trials allowed me to step away from my pride in being able to handle things on my own and to embrace God’s desire to carry my burdens for me.
Even now, during the worst of times, I cling to the knowledge that God loves me. How do I know?
Just like the Sunday school song states, “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” (How many of you are now singing or humming that? You’re welcome.)
God loves me!
John 3:16 NIV reads, 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.”
You can replace the world with your name—For God so loved LISA that he gave his one and only Son…
God loves each one of us so much that He allowed His only Son to be born as a baby, grow into a man, then die on the cross for our sins. The perfect, blameless son.
After what I’d done? The pain I’ve caused?
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God of Grace
Because He’s the God of mercy who uses his grace glue to put our broken pieces back together to use us for His purpose, for His glory.
The love I have for our sons is immeasurable. Each young man has his own personality, quirks, and traits. I love them equally, but also in different ways.
God’s like that too—He created each one of us to be different. Yet, He loves each one of us equally.
My boys’ actions have disappointed me, even angered me. But they can’t do anything to make me stop loving them.
The same goes for God. Even if our choices and behaviors disappoint Him, there’s nothing we can do to get God to stop loving us. The beauty of being broken is His redemption to use us for His glory.
“The Love of God”
One of my favorite hymns is “The Love of God,” especially this stanza:
Maybe it’s because I’m a writer, but the word picture that I imagine when I sing this song makes me feel loved and cherished in such a way that it’s difficult to image God NOT loving me.
Maybe you’re going through a difficult time right now and you’re even wondering if God truly loves you. Let me put your mind at ease—He does. More than you will ever know.
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