If you have children, I’m certain you understand unconditional love and you want the very best for your kids. I know I do for my children. Yes, they make me crazy at times. Yes, I don’t always agree with them. But that never changes my love for them. I oftentimes will tell my kids that they need to understand that their dad and I love them each very much – more than anyone else (other than God) will ever love them. We tell them this so hopefully they will understand that when we discipline or give advice, it’s for their own good. I know they won’t understand this until they have children of their own but I do want them to know that we’ll never lead them astray. I caution my kids to make sure they are getting good, solid, sound advice from their friends before taking action.
He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.
God will discipline us so that we learn and grow from the experience just as we have to discipline our children so they learn and grow. God desires to see each of us grow more into the likeness of Jesus. Did you know that the Bible tells us that all believers are in the body of Christ? As part of the body of Christ, when God looks at us, He sees His Son – with whom he is very happy. He doesn’t just see me or you. He sees His wonderful Son! To me that is a game changer. This knowledge changes the way I look at myself.
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
God wants to shower us with His blessings but first we have to accept our place IN Christ to receive these blessings. We have to understand who we are andALLOW God to pour His love on us. God does not look at me or you and see all of our past sins. He only sees the goodness that is in His Son Jesus Christ. What a gift. What a relief to know that I don’t have to “perform” for God’s love. I don’t have to try my hardest to earn it. In fact, I could never do enough to earn it. It is a free and beautiful gift from God and all he wants us to do is allow Him to love us freely. We need to cut those strings that we’re attaching to God’s love. We need to just let Him pour His love on us and see how our lives will blossom and grow! After all, our children are watching. We want them to learn this lesson the easy way – by seeing it lived out in our lives.