God Is Love: What Does That Mean For Us?

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.1 John 4:16

By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

Two years ago my daughter discovered what she thought was menopause wasn’t. A pregnancy test delivered the news that baby number three would arrive in August.

Sarah didn’t need another baby. She had two phenomenal kids (even if I say so myself). Caroline (don’t you like her name?) was twelve and David nine. Sarah’s job was secure and daycare expenses finally ended. Time had come to retire the 2000 Honda and maybe get a minivan.

Luciana changed their plans.

It didn’t matter a mite.

From the instant we knew L was on her way, we loved her. Seeing Luciana as she breathed her first, confirmed and solidified that love. Unconditional.
A (grand) parent’s love is the closest we can approximate God’s. He didn’t need us. Jesus had the Father’s entire love before any of us came around. The Apostle John  says in John 17:23, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” (emphasis mine).
God the Father and His Son needed no one. Their world was complete. Yet the Triune God has loved us with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3). 
Before we did anything good, even while we sinned, He loves us. It doesn’t change. Ever.
This does approximate L’s mess.
Sarah still loves her.
Jesus loves you–mess and all.
At eighteen months, little Luciana discovered markers. The other day she covered a paper with blue in. She covered her blankets, bed, wall, legs, arms and mouth with it too. Her mamma didn’t stop loving her–as a matter of fact, Sarah took photos and posted them for the world to see.
We serve a proud Father who loves us just the way we are. Just as Sarah bathed her daughter and washed her bedding, Jesus will clean us up and then brag about us.
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