I recently had my first child and while I was pregnant, friends and family would always try to explain to me what the experience would be like the day I would meet him for the first time. The overall consensus was that it would be the most wonderful painful moment of my life. Painful because contractions hurt, yet the most amazing moment in my life because I would feel an extraordinarily new kind of love that would consume my soul forever.
While I reflect back on this day I can absolutely agree with my friends and family, but I have to add on.
The moment I held my son for the first time and this new kind of love was consuming my soul, it’s like I simultaneously physically understood a new depth of love Christ has for me and all His children. A pure, graceful love that wants nothing but the best for you, to comfort you, rejoice with you, humbly teach you right from wrong, hope with you, heal you, persevere with you, forgive you, and most importantly protect you to the point of death from the thief that comes only to steal, kill and destroy, so that you may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).
My prayer today is that we may all see ourselves and each other like innocent new born babies and allow our Heavenly Father’s awe-inspiring different kind of love which has been revealed to us through his son Jesus Christ to consume our souls. A pure, graceful, forgiving love that wipes away any guilt, or shame we may be feeling so that we can be free to love again. To love ourselves and to love others like God loves all His children.
Jesus said, “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.” Mark 12:30-31
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39