“Mom, who do you love more?” My sons ask, both looking up with their precious faces and competing hearts.
Inwardly I think, “Depends on who’s obeying better.”
Did I just write that?
Outwardly I reply, “I love both of you equally. Both of you have my whole heart.”
They run off to play and I run into pondering God’s love as I brown meat for tacos.
- Does God love me more when I obey?…
- Does God love me less when I’m foolish?….
- Does God love me more when I rock housecleaning and Bible study?…
- Does He love me less when the floors are sticky and I was too tired to read?
- Does the measure of God’s love fluctuate like the feelings of love we have toward our kids?
Does God love us the same ALL the time?
We are not suppose to love our kids any less or more, but, mamas, let’s be honest. Sometimes we feel loving and sometimes we serve our families even if we are crazy mad and wish we could call in sick.
Not with God.
God loves us all the time, all the way, no matter what. Even when we feel like His love should look different (kind of like our kids who say we don’t love them when we dole out consequences).
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God loves you no matter what you cook for dinner, do for a day job (or not), or how many hours you spend in Bible study. God loves you even when you want to quit motherhood or when you wish your kids would stay kids for the rest of your life.
God loves us with an unconditional love.
Heck, He loved you so much to die on the cross for you even before you chose to love Him back.
So, mama, stop.
- Stop measuring your failures and minimizing your triumphs as if God is keeping tally.
- Stop guilting yourself into thinking you must be doing something awfully wrong if you aren’t doing it perfectly as if God requires perfection in order to earn His love.
God loves you all the time, just the same, no matter what.
Nothing ever separates me from God’s love. (Romans 8:38)
Thank God for His love and pray to be able to love others with the same kind of unconditional love.
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