He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Ahhh, this is February, the heart month. The month where love is celebrated. I have been thinking about how casually we use the word “love” in our vocabulary.
“I love to go shopping.” “I love chocolate,” “I love snow.” “I love __________”
You can fill in the blank. But the love I want us to think about and focus on is a deeper love – an unconditional love. The dictionary says “unconditional” means without conditions or reservations; absolute.
As parents, do we love our adult children unconditionally – setting no conditions on them or having any reservations about them, loving them absolutely?
Remember, dear parent, Christ has loved us unconditionally.
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
When we were sinners without hope, Christ drew us unto himself and saved us. Christ dying in my place on the cross is ultimate love.
Ephesians 1:6-7 says, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
There is nothing we ever could do to earn this salvation – this is unconditional love towards us! No strings attached. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love him, because he first loved us.”
Do we love others unconditionally? We must look at others and our children through the eyes of Christ.
As I reflect and meditate on this unconditional love of Christ towards me, I am challenged and pricked in my heart to keep this thought ever before me: “Lord, help me to love others, and especially my children, unconditionally – no reservations. Help me never to put conditions on my love for my children.”
I want to always have an open heart and love with an everlasting love.
So, this February, I will love the chocolate, enjoy the fun things this month will bring and I will reflect and sing:
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!
– S. Trevor Francis and Thomas J. Williams –
In His Unconditional Love,