The only way I can even begin to wrap my brain around how much God loves me is to think about the love I have for my children. I would do anything for them. When they were little, even the most frustrating day could be made better by sneaking in their rooms at bedtime and watching them sleep. They always looked like little angels and the days frustrations just melted away. And in the morning…we had a fresh start.
It’s hard for me to believe sometimes that God’s love for us is even stronger than the love I have for my children. He sees our mess, He knows our hearts, and He loves us. Oh how He loves us. One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:38-39 (NIV):
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Notice that there isn’t a “but” in that verse or an “if”. Nothing can separate us from His love. As much as I love my children and family, my love is nothing in comparison to God’s love. God is love.
When people find out that I have a gay son, a common response is “of course you love him…he’s your son.” For some, that statement seems to imply that if he wasn’t my son, I wouldn’t love him…that somehow he wouldn’t be worthy of love because he is gay. It’s as if you are saying, “well I think same sex attraction is a sin, but what are you going to do, he is your son and you love him.” My son is not the first gay person that I’ve ever known. Over the years I’ve known many gay people. I found that they were just like me. Regardless of whether or not you think same sex attraction is a sin, I love my son despite the fact that he is a sinner. Just like I love my husband, despite the fact that he is a sinner. Just like God loves you, despite the fact that you are a sinner.
When Jesus was asked, “of all the commandments, which is the most important?” He answered in Mark 12:29-31 (NIV):
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
It seems to me that this love thing was pretty important to Jesus. And I think the reason for that is…love matters.