This post is part of a series on the five things I need to remind myself of every morning. Click here to read the rest of the series.
The first statement of faith that we’ve been talking about deals mostly with God’s sovereignty and power. He is in control of everything that happens to me and is able to work it for my good. The statement we are looking at today is equally important because it focuses on God’s amazing love for us. If God was all-powerful but not loving, He would be a terrible tyrant. But just as He is perfectly powerful, He also loves us perfectly, which for me is even more difficult to comprehend and understand because it is so undeserved.
Even though there was nothing good in me, God sent His Son to pay the penalty for my sins and restore me to a relationship with Him. (Romans 5:8) His love for me is everlasting (Jeremiah 31:3). And nothing can separate me from that love. (Romans 8:31-39) One of the best reminders of this love I’ve seen was something called “Father’s Love Letter.” Our pastor shared this with us a couple of years ago and I have a copy of it pinned to my office bulletin board. I found a video version of this at FathersLoveLetter.com and I’ve included it at the bottom of this post. You need to watch it and marvel in the love God has for you.
A lot of this statement of faith is inspired by the recent song, “Good Good Father.” I won’t embed this video, but you can click on this link to watch it. God has blessed me with three kids including one who has special needs relating to autism. Nothing has taught me more about God’s love as a father for me than my relationship with my own children. As any parent knows, the love that you have for your kids is so deep and powerful. You would do whatever you have to for your children because of the love that you have for them. And yet, my love as a father is imperfect – there are times when I don’t act in love towards my children or I make a poor decision about what is best for them. God is perfect in every way, however, and He never makes those mistakes that I make as a parent. His love for me is far greater than even the love that I have for my own children. Just try and wrap your brain around that truth.
From time to time, I have a hard time accepting the depth of God’s love for me. I certainly don’t understand it and I certainly don’t deserve it, so sometimes I don’t believe it like I should. It’s certainly different from any love that I will know this side of heaven. But the Bible tells me it’s true. What would you sacrifice one of your children for? Yet that’s exactly what God did for me. Like Paul, I pray that you “may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19