Every child needs to know that they have a Father in heaven who loves them and the Bible tells us that God is love.
“for God is love.” (1 John 4:8 )
We often wonder if God loves us when we are bad or when we think evil thoughts. What we are really asking ourselves is “how good do I really need to be to deserve God’s love?” What that tells us is that we have a mistaken notion about what God is like.
John tells us that “God is love”. Therefore, it is not in His nature not to love us. We think of God like we think about ourselves. Sometimes I feel loving and reach out to others and sometimes I don’t. But God is pure love through and through. No matter what He thinks or does is motivated by love. No matter how irritating and selfish I get, God’s pure love towards me doesn’t change.
The question is, how do I get that truth firmly centered in my heart? That is one of the most critical jobs of parenting. Demonstrating love to our kids when they are being disobedient and doubting our love. And there a thousand ways to do it. Telling them I love them in a middle of an argument. Letting them know that I am sending them to their room because I love them, or getting them up at night to do their chores because they forgot to do them during the day because I love them. They may not appreciate it at the time, but God will provide moments later on to process what happened and how we were loving them all the time.
One mom I know tells her kids, “I love you no matter what you do”. We can never tell our kids that we love them enough. That is what God does every day when He reminds us that He sent His Son to die for us so we could be near Him all the time.
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