My kids know I love them. I’ve told them a million times, it seems. And when I’m not telling them, I pray that I’m consistently showing them by my actions.
But there’s this one boy who sometimes doubts. Not for lack of being shown love, but for lack of letting himself truly know this love to his core.
He hears the same loving words that his siblings hear. He just needs to hear them over and over again. And he especially needs to hear them when he messes up. Because he longs for total love and acceptance, no matter what his performance lacks.
Don’t we all?
The thing is, I’ll never love my kids perfectly. Only God can do that. But I can love them the best by pointing them to the One who loves them more wholly and completely than I ever could. I love them best when I point them to Jesus.
For Mother’s Day, I received a pile of homemade cards just like many of you. As I sifted through, read and cherished each one, I smiled at the standard jokes, stick figures, comic strips, pop-up hearts and words of affection. Worth more than any store-bought gift for sure.
But one stood out.
This boy had heard me. He had heard me after all.
“Thank you for all of the times you’ve helped me when I’m sick, for all of the times when I’ve struggled, for all of the times when I’ve needed help from God. You always cheer me up. You always love me…”
Sometimes we just need to hear it, you know? Sometimes we doubt, and we need to hear it over and over and over again.
You are loved.
And not because of what you’ve done or haven’t done.
You’re loved by a perfect God who loves perfectly because He is love.
Sure, there’s training, refining and even sometimes necessary discipline mixed in. Just like with my own children, that’s part of loving well. But we can search the whole world over, and we will never be whole until we know and accept the love of the Savior.
Early Mother’s Day morning, my gift from my husband was a porch to myself with the Word in my hands. Oh, that man knows what I need. While small noses and fingerprints and smiles pressed against the windows, I read of God’s love for me. Because I needed to hear it again.
Can I be honest with you? I used to feel guilty for soaking in God’s love for me. It felt so undeserving… so me-centered… so unbelievable and so very unattainable.
But I finally realized that’s why Jesus came.
His life wrote a love story for you and for me, and He came to rescue us with His love, so that in turn we can pour His love out to others.
I opened that porch door with renewed excitement and determination to love my family well. Not because I love perfectly, but because of the reminder that the One who does lives in me.
Do you need reminded of God’s love for you today?
Maybe you’re someone who needs to accept His love for the very first time…
Or would you say that you’re secure in His love, but need filled up again so that you can love others well?
Then our Summer Book Club/Bible study is for you.
You are loved.
Wherever you are in your walk with God, come let the magnitude of that truth soak in as we study God’s Word together…
At His feet,
*Let’s talk: Are you joining us for our Summer Session? How can we pray for you as we prepare our hearts and ask God to help us lead you well? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
Pick up a copy of Angela Perritt and Sally Clarkson’s new book, You Are Loved!
“In You Are Loved, Sally and Angela reveal many ways God has worked intimately in their lives to help them understand and know they are loved with an everlasting love that only God can give. Through their personal and sometimes painful stories, they invite you into their lives to witness the healing and restoration that can occur when a woman realizes she is completely loved. Our prayer for this book is that you will understand how deeply you are cherished and from that foundation of God’s infinite love, your life will be transformed forever.”