David and I with our grandson Landon
A few weeks ago, as I walked into our house, I discovered that my daughter Katie and grandson Landon had stopped in for a visit. When my grandson spotted me, he lifted both arms toward me. Of course, this Nana scooped him right up! I was overwhelmed by what he did next.
Landon placed one hand on each side of my face and blessed me with an enormous smile. It was as if he was saying, “There you are! I have been looking for you.” He exuded love, and his love melted my heart.
My daughter teared up when she saw it, and I said, “This is such a picture of how Jesus feels about us! He is always happy when we come to Him, and He’s always ready to pour out His love and affection on us. We are precious to Him.”
It’s good to remember that truth as we close out one year and begin another: Jesus loves us. His love goes with us through endings and beginnings, trials and triumphs. We are loved, and the Lord’s love remains with us always.
Jesus is proof of God’s love
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NASB). The very fact that Jesus left the throne of heaven and took on flesh to identify with us and to pay the penalty for our sins proves that God will go to the limit with His redeeming love for us.
Nothing can separate us from God’s love
“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, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NASB). God’s love is always with us. He deals with us from a position of love. There is nothing we can do or cannot do that will remove His love from us. We always have His love with us.
God is love
God’s love toward us comes from the heart of who He is. “God is love” (1 John 4:8, NASB). The Lord possesses a nature of love. He is bent toward loving us, not because of who we are or what we do, but because of who He is. He cannot act outside of His nature.
In 2016, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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” (Ephesians 3:17-18, NIV). May you envision the Lord’s face lighting up when He sees you and hear His voice gently whispering to your heart, “There you are! I have been looking for you.”
Question: How have you experienced the Lord’s love in 2015? Comment at the link below.