I think that this is one of the most beautiful illustrations in the Bible. Our precious Saviour picks us up and holds us in His arms of unconditional love. I have received a lot of emails over the past two years from people who have told me that they don’t think Jesus could love them because of the things they have done.
There is absolutely nothing that you have done or will ever do that could make our precious Saviour stop loving you. Jesus is not only the beginning of real love; He is love! Let me repeat this as it is very important that you understand this. No matter what you have done or will do Jesus will always love you. He may be upset with you and you may break His heart but He will love you forever!
I think that we need to ask ourselves if we love Him. If we do love Him, do we prove it to Him by our kind words and actions to one another? We sing this song “They’ll know we are Christians by our love”. Do your family, loved ones, friends and the world know that you are a Christian by your love to them? We can say that we love people but our actions prove that we love them.
I recently saw a dad looking at his newborn baby with so much love in his eyes that I could feel the love he had for his son. This is how our Heavenly Father looks at Jesus and at us. Except the love that God has for us is far greater than the love the dad has for his newborn baby. I’ve been thinking about this adorable little baby and my heart broke as I realized that he is going to grow up in a world that is full of violence and hatred. I wonder if his parents will yell at him and abuse him.
There are so many children right in our own neighborhoods that are being ridiculed and abused sexually, physically, emotionally and spiritually by their own parents. We wonder why our teenagers are rebellious, sarcastic and disrespectful of authority. It is because some of these teenagers grew up in a house that was filled with shouting and hatred.
I didn’t say they grew up in a home; I said they grew up in a house because a home is filled with love. There is a big difference between a house and a home. I grew up in a house where there was always fighting and yelling. I was frightened of my own Dad because he never talked to me except to yell at me and curse me. My Mother used to tell me “Wait until your father gets home, you are going to get it”. No wonder I was so afraid of my Dad. Mothers, if you are saying this to your children, stop it!
Please love your children. Put your arms around them and hug them close. Tell them that you love them. Encourage them; don’t discourage them. It may seem like they will never grow up and leave home but in reality the time is very short. These children were given to you in trust by our Heavenly Father so you have the responsibility and privilege to tell them about the love of Jesus and to raise them the way that He has told you to raise them. One day, we will stand before a Holy God and give an account of the way we raised our children and the way we treated them. God help us because I think a lot of parents are going to have to hang their head in shame.
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