Love… what does it mean? Sometimes a lot… sometimes very little. Very few people, if any, grew up in a wonderful, loving home. The home where mom baked your favorite cookies everyday and/or snuggled you until you couldn’t stand it… where dad threw a ball with you every afternoon and/or told you how proud he was of you everyday.
For some, this may be more accurate…
Dad says he loves you, but nothing you do ever measures up, he doesn’t return your calls, and basically ignores you, unless it’s convenient.
Mom says she loves you, but uses the grocery money to buy drugs… ignoring you while she’s high and filling your home with questionable people.
Husband says he loves you, but cheats on you after work everyday.
Wife says she loves you, but lies about how much money she spent on her shopping spree.
Boyfriends says he loves you, but dumps you after he convinces you to have sex with him.
Bet friend says she loves you, but stabs you in the back.
I could go on… there are a million different scenarios here. We’ve all been there at some point with some relationship. Love is hard. You may have grown up with one of these parents. So, as an adult, you have no concept of how to love someone. You may say the words, but the behavior is something you learned from your past, it’s not real love. It’s difficult to model something that you have never been taught.
I’m here to tell you though, that while human love is relative, God’s love is not. His love is perfect. To us, love is a feeling, maybe even an action… but God is love. God loves you with His perfect love. He created you and He cares for you. Nothing that you do will change His love for you… nothing. God does not like it when we sin, and we all do, but He loves us just the same. He loves you so much that He gave His only son to die for you. You… the one sitting at your desk… you, the one sitting in the parent pickup line… you, the one looking through your phone while watching tv. You… He died for you. He thinks you are special… He will never leave you… He will never forsake you… He doesn’t need you to be perfect… or dress fancy… He just loves you for who you are.
All you need to do is accept that love. Ask Him to come into your heart and He will. He will fill you with the love that you lack… the love that you may have been deprived of. He will. The only thing you have to do is ask with an open, honest heart… just ask…
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our lord.” Romans 8:39