Saint John Chrysostom, an early leader of the Church said,
“God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to loves ourselves.”
For me, it’s hard to imagine a love greater than the love of my parents and spouse. For others of you, it may be difficult to fathom and love greater than that of your best friend, or sibling.
God’s love for us, just like His love for the Son is unfathomable. It’s truly a miracle in itself. Lamentations 3:22 depicts God’s love as infinite and never ceasing. Each day, every minute of our lives, God is loving us, thinking of us, and planning for us. God is, as you know, the very definition of love. No matter how many times we sin, or run away, or are just plain mean, He is there, waiting.
I can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed by the knowledge that He has claimed me as His own. In an earlier post, we reflected upon God penning our names in His heart. The very idea of God knowing my name AND calling me his daughter is humbling to say the least. I certainly do not feel worthy of the honor. But, that’s one of the reasons why I was so excited to write about this topic. I feel, as I’m sure other women do, that God can, at times, be unattainable and unreachable. By painting Him as the Father, and not “Some spirit in the sky” as Norman Greenbaum put it, we are able to get excited about our role as a child of God. We can keep God close to us all day long and bring Him with us into our darkest days.
The past few days have been all about the Father and how He has called us to be His. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time. Will we disappoint him from time to time? Probably so. Will we come home late from curfew a time or two? Definitely so. But, thanks to God and His unending love, we have the opportunity each and every day to start again and become the best person that we can possibly be.
Because of His infinite grace and mercy, we have the ability to serve others and God in ways we never thought were possible. As children of Christ, we can truly be loved, be free, and be held.
I truly hope these last few days have helped you become more aware of all of the wonderful gifts God has to offer us.
Reflect: What day during the study did you feel was the most challenging
Reflect: Do you feel God is more accessible when we think of Him as Father figure?
Act: Give yourself some much needed grace for something that you have recently failed at.