I like to think I love my kids unconditionally.
But I don't.
I love them the best way that I can.
But there are moments.
Moments when disappointment overwhelms love. Moments when anger pushes love to the side. Moments when the desire for just 30 seconds to myself becomes the driving force in my life.
I love my kids more than life, but I have moments. We all do.
God doesn't have moments.
He loves us unconditionally.
All. The. Time.
Frustration and discouragement never push His love aside. Anger never overpowers His love. He never wants 30 seconds alone more than He wants 30 seconds with you.
He loves us when we walk with Him and when we're far away. He loves us when we obey and when we don't. He loves us without condition.
God loves us and asks for nothing in return. Even if we go through our entire lives never turning to Him, never believing in Him, He loves us.
He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for us. Even if we never acknowledge the sacrifice.
No matter what we do, God never turns away. He never gives up waiting for us to run into His arms. He never stops loving us.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthian 13:4-8
God's love doesn't come with a list of rules. It doesn't come with conditions.
It comes with grace and compassion. It comes with no strings attached.
I'm a failure at unconditional love. But God's love never fails.
Join us all week as we talk about God’s love, and how you can create “Valentine’s moments” with your kids that help them understand God’s love.