Monday, June 4, 2012

That's What Love Does

Ever since my kids were little, I’ve told them something when they were in trouble. After we’d talk about things or something they’d been dishonest about or hidden from me was revealed, I would say, “There is nothing you could ever do that would make me not love you.”  I think they just needed to hear that.

We all make mistakes. We all fail to use wise judgment at times and let life get the better of us.  For me, I wanted my kids to know that even though I may be upset, irritated, or have to discipline them – that my love is solid and sure. I want them to know they can count on that and have that reassurance in their life.

I’m reminded that God feels the same way towards me.

Some days I feel like, “How could I have made such a colossal mistake?” Or, “Will I ever get the hang of this thing and rise above the challenge?” When I’m really feeling blue or low; I can doubt God’s feelings for me. I can think that I’ve lost favor with Him or that He might be restless with me because it’s taking me so long to conquer or “get” a certain lesson in life.

Not so.

I know that at those times, I’m only listening to the whispers of satan. God instead, has told me through His Word that He loves me. That as His child, there is nothing I could do that would make Him not love me. He knows I need that security and reassurance….just like my children.

We all mess up and make mistakes. We try to hide things out of our regret or shame. But just as we won’t stop loving our children even though they may need to be disciplined, God will not stop loving us – even though we too, may need discipline in our lives.

We can count on the fact that He will still be there for us regardless of our mistakes and mess-ups.

That’s what love does.

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