One of the strongest reminders of God’s ever-majestic presence comes in the smallest of packages. This past November, my husband and I were blessed with the indescribable gift of our first child. Through her eyes that I feel I can peer into the very heart of our awesome Creator. To simply say “I love my daughter” is in no way an adequate reflection of my heart. At times I feel that the very seams of my heart could burst because of the overflowing love I have for her.
It is in those moments that I cannot help but reflect upon the even greater love our God has for us as His children. Just like a mother’s love for her child, God’s love truly knows no boundaries. It wasn’t until I had my child that I felt I could understand this little better. God’s unconditional love is still a hard concept to grasp, but when I relate it directly to the relationship between my daughter and me, it seems to be a little clearer.
I have encountered many people in my lifetime that feel that God couldn’t possibly love them. They feel they have let Him down too many times, and that they have made too many mistakes. When we fail God, it is easy to think that His love no longer reaches us. But this is not the case. No matter what my daughter has done or will do, I know there is no way my love can ever be erased. I KNOW she will make mistakes, and I KNOW she will make bad decisions that will cause pain to her and to us, but I also KNOW that there is absolutely nothing that would take away my love for her. She is and will always be my daughter and my love. This is exactly how God feels toward us as His children.
We have to remember that it was “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We could search for the limit of God’s love over many lifetimes, but would never see its end. As baptized believers, we are God’s daughters. The amazing thing about being a daughter of God is that we are clothed in Christ Jesus. Galatians tells us, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27). When God looks down upon us, it is not longer us He sees with all of our failings, but He sees the very image of Christ who we have put on. Praise be to God! I am imperfect, but with Christ’s blood I am made pure. This is what it means to be a true daughter of God. He KNOWS that we will make mistakes, and He KNOWS that we will make bad decisions that will bring pain to us and to Him. These things are guarantees that His love will never fade no matter what the circumstances.
Will we embrace this amazing love that is given to us so freely, or will we place limits on God’s love? My prayer for you is the very words the apostle Paul spoke, “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
As daughters of God, we have access to so many different blessings, one open access to the direct blessing of God’s love. When we repent of our sins, we can start each day anew. We do not have to wake with the sins from yesterday, but with the opportunity of today. This is all possible because of God’s great love toward us as His daughters. He believes in us, and His love, just like mine for my daughter, truly is unconditional.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:35-39