“We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Written by Jodi Weaver in memory of Isaac and Jacob
With February being the month that the subject of “love” is the most often talked about, I thought it would be a good time to look at love from God’s perspective. I know that when we are in the midst of our grief, God’s love seems to be the last thing we feel and we begin doubting what we have been taught all our lives. That God is Love!
In 1 John 3:1, it says, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God”. Until I went through all the years of infertility, the loss of my 5 babies and the failed adoption of Joseph, I can truthfully say that I did not fully understand the depth of this verse. The desire to be a parent made me understand just how precious a thing it was to call someone “my child”. Then when we adopted JoAnna I was able to understand it even more. We have been adopted into the family of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. I love JoAnna as if she was a child of my own womb, and that is how God loves us. We are His children.
In Romans 5:8, it says, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. I don’t know about you, but I can not see myself giving my life for a stranger. But if someone or something threatened JoAnna, you can bet I would give my life to protect her. That is what love is all about. But for me to give JoAnna’s life to let someone else live? It would never happen. Yet God sent His one and only Son to earth to die for OUR sins. We don’t deserve to be saved from eternal death, but God provides a way for us to be saved anyway. He gave the ultimate sacrifice because He loves us so much.
The Bible tells us over and over that God not only loves us, but that He IS love. There would be no love without God. In 1 John 4: 7-21 it says that God loves us, or that God is love, many times. I challenge you to count the number of times it stresses how much God loves us. In doing so, it will make you more aware than ever just how precious we are to Him. In verse 10 it says, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.” When we are unlovable and unloving, God loves us. When we are at our worst, He loves us anyway. He doesn’t wait for us to deserve His love. He doesn’t wait for us to return His love.
As I stated in the beginning, I know that it is hard to feel the love of God sometimes, especially when we are blinded by grief because of the death of our precious babies or because of our great desire to have a baby. But hold fast to Romans 8:38-39 that says, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So even when we can’t FEEL His love, it is still there. It is surrounding us and we will never ever be separated from it. May the love of God make itself know to you today in a very special way.