Refreshed by God's Love

God chooses to call you His child so you can understand that you cannot earn His love

Refreshed by God’s Love
Grasping God’s Love – Part II

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:18
[I pray that you] may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.

Have you ever thought about why parents have such love for their kids?

When kids are infants, they keep their parents up at night. Babies usually vomit on their parents a few dozen times. Infants turn into toddlers who always pick a public place to have a fit. Then when they become teenagers… well, you know the pain that can bring the parents.

Yet, through it all, we parents do not ask why we love our kids—we just do!

Remember from yesterday’s devotional what the Bible calls us:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)

The Bible refers to believers as God’s children. Not one scripture refers to “adults in Christ.” God chose this kind of relationship so we could understand that we do not have to earn His love… just like our children never have to earn our love.

Though our human minds can never fully understand the depths of God’s love, God wants us to grasp some aspects.

Love for our kids has different levels, one of which is the emotional love that we feel for them.

Another level of our love is what we call “tough” love. This love helps our kids grow up as responsible adults. Tough love allows consequences when our kids make poor decisions. Tough love helps parents fight the urge to rescue their kids from necessary consequences.

Another level of love is “unmerited” love. We often practice this without thinking about it. Parents give this level of love even when their kids do not deserve it. This kind of love rescues a child from the consequences of their poor behavior. Parents realize that sometimes it is okay to be soft on a child, even when other people might say we ought to be hard on them.

Since the Bible says that God made us in His image, we can conclude that levels of parental love can also apply to God’s love for us.

In tomorrow’s devotional, let’s examine those levels of God’s love because it is very important that we understand them if we are to live the abundant life that Jesus wants for us.

Father, help me remember that I am Your child, whom You love. In Jesus’s Name, amen.

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