Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. I John 4:7-8
Understanding the love of God is a mystery, I think, no matter your parental state. I have a little better understanding of it because I am a parent. At least for me, the unconditional love that I feel for my kids is somehow my dim understanding of the love God feels for me. I have some inkling of that love, and it took parenthood for me to get even there. I had to have the experience of loving a child in my own arms to get that better understanding.
Many of my readers may not have children, either by choice, or because they were unable to have biological children. Some may have chosen to adopt children. I simply explain my understanding of God’s love in terms of my own parenthood. That does not mean that those without children do not have a good understanding of God’s love – in fact, far from it.
I know childless people who have poured their lives into others in the most beautiful ways. Their time, energy and resources have gone into people not related to them, and they, in turn have shown God’s amazing love to others.
God as a loving parent is demonstrated in his investment in us through his son, Jesus. That too is a mystery. Rather than being caught up in theological explanations, I find it easier to just accept that God is a loving God who created us in his image. He wants us to share that love with others and his creation.
Keep it simple for me. God is love, and he wants us to be loving too.
Prayer: Lord, what an amazing plan you have, Amen