I speak this phrase to my children countless times a day. Because if I fail at everything else in life, I want my children to know without a doubt that they are loved.
A few days ago, my daughter asked me, "do you love me because I'm funny?"
I thought for a second about how to answer that.
I love that my daughter is funny.
I love that she's adorable.
I love that she has a big heart and wants to send her toys to kids in Africa.
I love all of those things and so much more.
But those aren't the things that make me love her.
Would I stop loving her if she stopped being funny, adorable and generous? Of course not!
And so I told my sweet girl,
"I love you because you're mine."
As soon as I answered her, I realized how similar that conversation was to one that I often have with God. You see, I continuously fall into the practice of measuring God's love for me in relation to the good things that I'm doing.
I'm like my daughter asking,
"God, do you love me because I read my Bible?"
Or maybe it's because I'm a faithful wife and a loving mom.
And then I go to church so he will love me more, right?
Wrong. So wrong.
God doesn't love us because we are good or because we do good things.
God loves us because we are His.
Romans 5:8,"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
He died for us when we weren't reading our Bibles, praying, or being good people. He gave His life in love when He knew that we were sinners. So when we try to earn God's love by being generous, kind and devoted, it's as silly as my children trying to be funny so I'll love them. It would break my heart to think that they would try to earn my love when it's already theirs. It's the same way with God.
Isaiah 43:1-5Let God love you. You are His, and that's enough.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.