Do you know that you were loved by God before you were born? In attempting to describe unconditional love I often refer to the love of a parent. If you are a parent you’ll get this. When does a parent first love the child? When it’s born? When it becomes viable in the womb? When it was conceived?
Most parents tell me that they loved their child even before conception. They loved the child even when it was a hope or a dream in their mind.
I can tell you when you didn’t first love your child. It wasn’t when they performed well for you! Some parents might wait a lifetime for that! Think of the first year…lots of diapers and late night feedings. Not much performance to get excited about there. Or think as they grow…all of those household chores and lawnmowings that they never did or did well. Imagine a parent that withheld their love waiting for their child to reach a certain level of achievement.
Loved by God
If we, as humans, can offer unconditonal love for our children…how much more can God? The Bible tells us this…
Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:4-6, The Message
The heart of understanding your inherent value in life lies in understanding that you are loved by God apart from what you do. Period. You are loved by God. Let that sink in and stop protesting by saying “but what about…”.
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Learn more about God’s love for us in Healing the Hurts of Your Past