Sally was sitting in her favorite rocking chair hugging and kissing her favorite doll. Every now and then she would glance up at her mother who was working at her desk.
As soon as her mother finished her work, Sally jumped from her rocker, ran to where her mother was sitting, climbed in her lap, gave her a hug and kiss and said, “I’m sure glad you are through working. I want to love you!”
“But,” said her mom, “I thought you were having a good time loving your doll.”
“I was, Mom,” she said, “but she never loves back.”
Our God loves us relentlessly and continuously. No matter our flaws or our faults, He loves us completely. Even though we have faltered and failed He has not abandoned us. His love is a love that is not conditional or complicated. It is a love that is available at all times, in all places and in all kinds of circumstances.
And one of God’s great desires is that we love others the same way He loves us. First, He asks that we love Him in return for the love He has shown us in His Son. Then He asks us to love others the way He loves us. When we love others, it proves that we are His children, who we are and what is important to us. Loving others pleases Him more than any great work that we might do on His behalf.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to love others as You love us - expecting nothing in return but the opportunity to serve You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.