Have you ever wonder how does God love us? I always had that question to until I realize that God loves us, kinda like we love our children.
According to the Bible
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I can think of all of my past relationships and can say that I have not encountered anything that was describe in this passage. I wrecked my brain to try to find out if this type of love is even real. As, thought about this perfect idea of love, I quickly realize that there was someone I love. A love that is a perfect and this is my son. Do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that I love my son more than God, but what I am saying is that my love for my son is closer to something that I can feel and understand as being true love.
Every time I look at him, every time I see him, every time I speak to him…. I love him. It was through this understanding of my love for him that I began to understand what true love is. And I began to understand how God loves us.
This may be a a reach but I think sometimes God gave us the ability to have children just so we can understand or begin to understand the love that God has for us.
“ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Just like this verse, I am convinced that nothing in this world is going to separate my love from my son. It does not mean I am okay if he is doing something wrong, bad, or disobeying. Even though I may rebuke him, as God often does to us, I still love him. The rebuke that I give him is often for his own good. If you don’t believe me you can read my blog on what happened when my son spend over $1,000 of my money (Click here to read more on that)
Love does not mean getting what you want. Just as I mentioned that I am a mother. I am not going to let my son eat junk food all day, draw on my wall, and just simply be bad because this is what he wants to.
It may make him happy to do these things but that does not mean he should do them. How many of us can relate to this aspect with God. Because you do not have more money, are not married, or because you do not have the things you have prayed for then you feel that God does not love. Or better yet, when you are doing something crazy and you reap the consequences for it, you want to say God does not love you because you got fired, went to jail, got into trouble for something that YOU DID.
God loves you, but He is not going to allow you to go around doing whatever it is that you want to do just because He loves you. And if you base weather God loves you or not on what you perceive you are or are not getting, then you have this whole Christian thing wrong.
I use to go into a self pity party about how lonely I was and how I did not have anyone to love me or love any one, and went on for hours, days, weeks, years, about the same nonsense. I used to go in a pity party because God did not give me more money, a raise, or something that I wanted right here and now. I used to confuse me not getting what I want for God not loving me. (Click here to see my blog on forgiving God).
All the while the most perfect love was right in front of my face. God and a more tangible type of love my son. And more importantly I really do feel like my son was a gift from God. I know that it sound super cheesy to say that but when I really think about it the way that I love my son is the most purest type of love and it makes me relate to God a little bit more. It makes me understand how much He loves and sacrifices for us. It makes me understand that as my Father, God cannot let me lie in a bunch of foolishness.
That with my foolishness comes consequences. And it does not mean that God loves me less, it just means that He loves me too much to allow me to continue on a path that will cause me harm. And more than anything he is patient with me. Even when I do something wrong He always waits for me to get back on track and get it right. I am not that understanding with my son and sometimes I yell at him to get back on track, but it does not change my love for him. And sometimes I think God is yelling at many of us to get back on track but like a child, we do what we want to do and ignore our parents.