Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God (1 John 3:1).
What He gives, He gives because He loves,
Not because we are deserving.
What He does He does because He Is,
In faithfulness unswerving.
His Love He gives us freely,
as a loving Father does.
Not because we've brought it on ourselves,
But just because He loves.
His Grace is deeper than we will ever grasp. It is the
grace of a Father who loves His children dearly. And He sees us as we are--beholding our
weakness and failures--He does not consider it injustice to give to us good things that we
simply don't deserve. For what child is there who we would think he must earn a parent's
love? And what parent is there whom we do not think would love and care for a child simply
because it is their child--giving good things out from that love? "If ye then, being
evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father
which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" (Mt.7:11). What He gives ,
He gives because He loves.
We would not go to work for money that is already ours. What we work for is something yet
to come. In the same way, we need not work for God's love, for it is something He has
freely given us. And if we experience God's love to the fullest already, we might wonder
"For what then should we work?" But it is not that we should work for anything,
or that we should work for what we already possess, but that we should work because of
what we already have--not for it. We do not work to earn God's love because it is already
ours. And it is ours because He has freely given it to us. But, because we are loved and
have His love, we love Him in return and grow to manifest His love in us toward others.
And He continues to love us unconditionally, certainly not because we are deserving.
To all who work hard to be perfect, and to all who struggle to be above reproach, you
should not be anxious in your labors. For though we should do that which is right and
refrain from what is wrong, we need not fear the loss of God's love, and we should never
see it as something we can earn by our many good works. It is not difficult for most of us
to picture our parents loving us regardless of what we do. In fact, many of us would
probably say that it is amazing just how much our parents loved us considering what we put
them through as we grew up. Why then is it so hard for us to see that God loves us even
more. We are often the selfish, ungrateful and belligerent children--stubbornly holding to
our own ways above what God wants. But God is unswervingly faithful.
Do yourself a favor: don't get caught up in trying to be good enough--it will never
happen. Just do your best to follow your Lord and realize that He is big enough to
shoulder our sorrows, confusion, disobedience, awkwardness, blindness, belligerence, etc.,
and not lose any part of His love for you. He can take what you dish out--purposely or
not--and He will do what is necessary to get you back on track, simply because He loves
you that much.