Tonight at work I got a glimpse of God’s unconditional love for us. For those who don’t know, I work for Family Resources as a Residential Counselor for kids who have behavioral problems.
It hit me around 8:00pm - The kids were in their rooms getting ready for bed and one of them knocked out. He asked if he could have a second snack. Since it was past lights out, we had to tell him no and we directed him back to his room. He became verbally aggressive and started pounding on his window. Within minutes he became even more escalated and started hitting and kicking the other staff I was working with and me as well. He ended up running out of the cottage. When he was brought back in, he was able to calm down and then asked me to tuck him in.
At that moment I understood how God can love us even when we disrespect Him or turn away from Him. One moment these kids are hitting and kicking me, and the next they are asking for a hug or to be tucked in. After seeing the innocence in their eyes and the love and acceptance they are seeking, I cannot help but hurt for them. This is similar to how we are with God. One minute we are showing disrespect to Him through our selfish choices and the next we are on our knees crawling back to Him, admitting our failures and inability to live life without Him. I can imagine how frustrating it must be for God to see us continually turn our backs on Him, but even so, He loves us with unconditional love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8
“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 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 8:37-39
I pray that today you will have a better knowledge of God’s love for you and extend this love to others. Even when the road is long and bumpy, He is there every step of the way with His sleeves rolled up and ready to face the trials with you. May you firmly hold onto this Truth and know that you are loved with an EVERLASTING love! :)
“Beloved” – Tenth Avenue North