12/26/2017

Stacey Crawford

 

I think I have learned the most about love after having my daughter. I really think this is one of the closest ways we get to understanding the love God has for us. If you don’t have children, you can trust me on this one. If you think about it, all other relationships in our lives start with a like, and as we get to know each other we learn, discover, trust, and begin to then love that person. We don’t start with love, though. With your child, however, it is so different. The moment I felt that first kick, I was over the moon. The second I held her in my arms (even though it wasn’t the magical moment I was hoping for), I knew I loved her. She didn’t have to do anything to prove her love. She didn’t do anything to gain my trust or to cause me to love her, I just did and still do. Even as she approaches three (which I’ve heard is much worse than two), I still love her with an unconditional love. She throws tantrums and does things that drive me crazy, but it doesn’t change the love I have for her. I would do just about anything for that little girl. I want her to experience the best life possible.

 

The way I love my daughter fails in comparison to the love God has for her. God created her, He designed her. He loved her so much that before she breathed her first breath on this earth, Jesus died for her. I can’t think of a greater example of love than that! The same is true for you and me. He created us, He loves us, and before we ever did anything, our sins were already taken care of. Jesus loved us enough that, before we were in existence, He took our weight on His shoulders. He loves us with a love that knows we are going to mess up, knows we are going to make silly choices, knows we are going to fail and fall and slip, but we are worth it to Him! Even now, no matter where you find yourself, Jesus loves you so much that He is constantly pursuing you, reminding you of just how much He loves you.

 

Whenever I think about the love of God, it is just incredible to me. Nothing I can do will ever separate me from His love. It is a gift He gives to me constantly, in both the good seasons and the bad, in the successes and the failures. I hope that you sense and feel His love this week. Take time to search, seek, and discover all the ways God loves you. Jesus came to earth with one goal in mind: to lay down His life in love for us. His love is greater than anyone else’s you will ever encounter. He loves you and longs for you to discover and experience that love today.

 

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 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.

Romans 8:35-39 NLT