Love. God has lavished such great love on us that He calls us His children! What a great and beautiful love He pours out.
My beloved children came in for a brief early Christmas. Oh, how I love them! With everything in me I love them. My heart’s desire is to love my children as lavishly as God loves me, not because of who they are but because of the love God has put into me.
If you break it down, love is not about the person being loved but about the person loving. I love my children with all my heart because of God’s love in me, not because of what they do. (If they could do something for which I would stop loving them, then it wasn’t love but conditional approval.)
God. Is. LOVE. God is “love looking for a place to happen.” He loves me because it is His character to do so, not because of what I do. (Otherwise, I would believe I earned His love–blasphemy!) Isn’t our call as His children likewise to be love looking for a place to happen? A really great place to happen is in our own families, with our own “loved ones.”
May God bless you as you face Christmas with God’s love in you looking for a place to happen.
His love happening,
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1