God loves us more

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NLT).

Father & Mother with Newborn

When my son was little, I often gave him one hundred kisses on his forehead. Sometimes as I counted them out, he’d start squirming, so I held him tight until I finished. At other times, we’d play the “I love you more” game, going back and forth until usually I won by telling him and later, my daughter, I loved them the most. Most parents love their children so much they would do anything for them. We would rather be sick than watch them suffer. We would take the proverbial bullet for them rather than watch them die.

Some believe God the Father of all humankind only loves his children after they declare, in acts of contrition and repentance, they love him too. But that’s not how it works with human parents and it’s not how it works with God. We love our children before they’re ever conceived and God loved every man, woman and child before the foundation of the world. He doesn’t wait for someone to say the “sinner’s prayer” or stop sinning or even understand what sin is. He loved us first, best and most.

When you believe God can’t love you until you repent, your theology (what you believe about God) says he can’t love us as much as we love our children. If my child said he or she hated me (which happens, especially with teenagers) or ran away, never wanting to see me again, I wouldn’t stop loving him or her. I wouldn’t turn off the porch light. I would never stop hoping for reconciliation and would do everything in my power to bring them back.

God did just that. He loved the world so much he became a human being and took the bullet for us. He has already forgiven all. Just as loving parents never give up on their children, God never gives up on any of his children. His love is stronger than we can imagine and he proved his determination to reconcile with us by going to the cross. He loves us more!

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

3 thoughts on “God loves us more”

  1. I can remember the pressure from way past erroneous teaching and hope they have since come out those concepts. Knowing God loves more than we could possibly imagine makes your loyalty and love as deep as can be possibly human and we want to please Him more than we can relate. Makes Him so real and personal to us. Human understanding and wealth of knowledge cannot make us grasp the depth of such a love any more than we can truly understand what real “perfect” is like. Or even begin to. I know when I suddenly, unknowingly lost my son, I know I would have gone in his stead in a second had I been able. And along with it transfer that love to him to help his grief. I have to trust in God for help and know He always provides or it would be unbearable.

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