Eyes on you.
Every time one of my boys is playing a guitar or acting in a play, or competing in a sport, you can bet I am front and center. I have my eyes locked on them, cheering them on and letting everyone around me know how wonderful they are.
I don’t watch because they perform like superstars. Sometimes, they aren’t even very good. Their performance isn’t a factor in the way I love my children. I love them because they belong to me. They are part of me.
From the time they were born, I told them over and over, “Mama loves you to the moon and back. There is nothing you could do to make me stop loving you.
When they were little, they’d ask, “Mama, what if I was very naughty, would you still love me?” “Oh, yes,” I’d reply. “You could never make me stop loving you by being naughty.”
As they got older, they’d ask me, “Mom, what if I committed a heinous crime, would you still love me?” “Yup,” I’d say. “Nothing you can ever do or say would make me stop loving you.”
Through the terrible twos and threes, into the tween and teen years, and now as adults, loving the humans I had a part of creating is intuitive.
I may not love everything they do or say or agree with the choices they make. It hurts when I see the pain they bring on themselves, but nothing changes the love I have for them.
That’s how God loves you!
He loves you when you are good and when you are naughty. He loves you when you are brilliant and when you are foolish. Sure, He will try to hem you in, guide you to better choices and outcomes, but through it all, God loves you.
Stand on that for a minute. God loves you. You don’t have to solicit it. Or behave to win it. You don’t have to be patient and wait for it to grow. You already have it. God loves you endlessly and unconditionally … as is … right now and forever.
I don’t know where you are in your journey of faith. I don’t know if you’ve been in church since the crib or if you’re new to Jesus or if you’re still trying to figure God out. But this is what you need to know. God promises that He will always love you. He tells you He loves you over and over in the Bible.
God loves you to the moon and back.
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’” – Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
“As the Father has loved Me [Jesus], so have I loved you.” – John 15:9 (NIV)
He doesn’t just tell you, He demonstrates His love. God proved his love to you and for you through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Christ died so you might know the love of God personally. A love you don’t have to earn, but merely receive.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.” – John 3:16 (NIV)
And God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NIV)
Friend, remember that you are loved by God to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond, now and forevermore. You were loved before time and will be loved through eternity. That’s a promise you can stand on.
I’d love to know what verses you stand on or how God demonstrates his love to you. Leave me a comment below. I read every single one.
Prayer: God, show us your great love for us when we doubt it, when we feel unworthy of it, when we mess up and when we falter. Remind us of your immeasurable love demonstrated by the ultimate sacrifice of your Son, Jesus. Amen.