Loved So Much
God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:15-19 (NRSV)
Jenny Young's first grandson, Zachary, was born almost seven years ago on the other side of the world. He suffered brain damage at birth and could barely breathe on his own. Zachary's parents spent every moment they could with him during his 12-hour life, and everyone was devastated when he died.
Jenny asked herself, "what did this baby do to deserve all this love? Was he good or clever? Did he help others?" But Zachary did none of these things. Zachary's parents loved him so much and always will because he was their son. They would have moved heaven and earth to save him and to keep him with them if they could.
In those difficult days, Jenny realized that God loved her not for anything she had done or could do but just because she was God's child. God did move heaven and earth by sending Jesus so that we can be with God forever.
Jenny had always struggled to believe in her heart that God loved her. Zachary helped her to understand. Sometimes we struggle to believe that God could really love us, but isn't it amazing, because He does!!
Prayer: Dear God, help us to rest in your love and to know that we don't have to earn it. Thank you for loving us as your children, in Jesus' name, amen.