I remember the first time our infant son kept me up for most of the night. I was frustrated because I couldn’t calm him and because I wanted to sleep! As the wee hours of the morning came, I wondered why he didn’t just fall asleep in exhaustion from crying! Honestly, when I finally got to go to my bed, I was grateful but also feeling sorry for myself. Looking at the time, the amount of sleep I was going to get was amounted to a nap. Falling asleep, I pushed down hints of resentment, wondering how I was going to function through the day.
But, when I went into his room later that morning, my heart filled with adoring love. Talk about a change in my heart. Now I couldn’t wait to spend the new day loving him.
Insight met my heart. This is what God’s love for me is like – new every morning!
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3.22-23)
God’s love supply never ends. He wants us to come for more every day.
My love can be conditional. The love we’re to give our children is God’s love, passed through us from Him. So how do we do this?
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3.14) Just like we put on clothes, put on – be clothed in – God’s love.
Making the bed, taking a shower or driving pray: “Lord, pour Your love over me,” or “Fill me with Your love.” I pray this for Terrell and our children. I pray it aloud over our kids for them to learn that the greatest love is God’s.
Seeking God’s love, we are changed by it. His love flows through us to our children. As much as I want my kids to know I love them, I know I won’t love them perfectly. I want them to know that only God can do this, and that if they think my love for them is strong, then wow, God’s love must be awesome! Which it is!