Saturday, August 30, 2008

Loving My Child

I was holding my little girl today. She is so small that she fits snug in my arm. As I stared and admired and watched her, my heart was bursting with love and joy and delight. I had been reading a little about heavenly rewards in the Bible this morning and how what we do here matters for eternity. Paul commands us to forget what is behind and press on to what is ahead and to beat our body and make it our slave so that we will not be disqualified. And, yet, it hit me that as I looked at my girl and just cherished her beyond belief, I realized that she has done absolutely nothing to make me love her the way I do. (Well, I mean she has the cutest grunts and she is so cute and she is such a content baby... I digress) I had this a renewed sense of how much God loves us simply because we are his child. That is so comforting in the midst of the battle for holiness, the pressure we put on ourselves to live wholly for Christ and the pressures of life and the failures we feel. We need to understand and live within this understanding that He loves and delights and cherishes us with a love that is perfect and fatherly and wonderful. Be encouraged that you are loved even before you did anything. Rest in His love tonight: Jeremiah 31:3 - I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.

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