For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him, might be saved. John 3:16-17
When I had my daughter I thought that I could never love another human as much as I loved her. I stared at her while she slept and marveled at how long her black eyelashes were, how perfect the nails on her tiny fingers and toes were, her smile lit up the whole room and a family of adults all adoring this one small baby. I watched her grow and was happy that she was my family, but then I found I was pregnant with my son and it was hard to believe that another child could be as wonderful as the first, but you know the outcome of that if you have more than one child and when he was born I loved him beyond description, my child of prophecy, here in my arms. I remember the day he was born and I just knew there couldn’t have possibly been another child as beautiful as he was in that whole nursery. A friend of mine, who has four children, told me before he was born that your heart just grows larger with each child they all have their own piece of your heart.
In finding that to be true it made me stop and think about how large God’s heart must be to include the whole world even the people or nation that does not worship Him as the true and living God, or accept Jesus as Savior of the world. How it must grieve Him when those people turn away from His love.
Today I was driving and looked up at the beautiful blue of the sky and the wispy clouds blowing across the expanse of it and my heart just swelled with the greatness of the sight. O Lord, Our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that you visit him? Psalm 8. The Psalmist is speaking of the Creator of our Universe and He loves us each, separately! Yes even that person that you detest (did I say that out loud?). My dad informed me of that fact when I was just a young girl and had been insulted by being called vicious names and left on my back on a gravel play ground! I couldn’t believe that God loved her as much as He loved me, well that was my mistake and daddy really told me about it but did he convince me? Well to be honest with you, No, but as I got older and got acquainted with God for myself, I found that indeed He does love us all, and that is a good thing because I have not always been the stellar example of love myself, are you surprised that I would admit that to you? Well, why not? It only proves my point, He loves me just the way I am, and oh yes, you too, whoever you may be!
An old hymn says, “Oh love of God, how rich, how pure, how measureless and strong, it shall forever more endure the saints’ and angels’ song.” Another reminds us “His love reaches to the highest mountain, it flows to the lowest valley, oh the blood that gives me strength from day to day, it shall never lose its power.”
Yes His love for us was the reason he shed His blood for the remission of our sins and as another song says, “When He was on the cross, I was on His mind”