When it comes to relationship advice, we are advised to always say, “I love you.” Whether in our marriages or in our relationships with our children, saying those words often communicate the unconditional love we are all looking for.
I told my 8 year old son the other day, “I love you.” He said, “I know, Mom.”
I explained that if I were to stop telling him, wouldn’t he begin to wonder after
a while? Wouldn’t he question my love for him, especially after he did something wrong?
It’s true in our earthly relationships. And because we live in these fragile, emotional earthly bodies, we find ourselves wondering about and questioning God’s love.
I’m not alone in that, am I?
Sometimes I wonder why God sticks with me, how He keeps on loving me and working on me when I mess up.
I know He does, but sometimes, I just need a reminder.
I love to take walks along the road that we live on. It is common for me to see deer, birds, and growing crops. Sometimes I’m surprised by what I find, and sometimes, God teaches me something from what I find.
This picture is one I took on a walk recently. You see, this is the ditch. The ditch had recently been mowed, and still, there are daisies poking up out of the stubble.
These daisies, beauty in the middle of nowhere, gave me a great reminder of how God views us. I want to remind you of that (while I remind myself too).
First of all, if we are in Christ, we have the pure, white righteousness of Jesus. When we believed in His death and resurrection, God gave us His righteousness. So when God sees you and me, He sees a pure, beautiful child of His own. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (NIV).
I’m reminded of lyrics to a For King and Country song. It goes, “I see you dressed in white, every wrong made right. I see a rose in bloom at the sight of you” (“Priceless” is the song). That is what God sees. He sees white daisies amidst the rough.
Let me take this analogy a step further. That ditch had just been mowed, right? Grass needs to be cared for, to be tended, or it goes out of control.
Well, without God constantly shaping us, we get out of control. Without the refining work of His Holy Spirit, we would stay as He found us: lost in the rubble of our sins. For some of us, that might not be too bad. For others, we need some major clean up.
“But you have received the Holy Spirit, and He lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what He teaches is true–it is not a lie” (1 John 2:27, NLT.
The Spirit of God teaches us and shapes us from the inside out. And He never quits. One of my favorite verses confirms this. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Phil. 1:6, NLT).
We are God’s masterpiece (Eph. 2:10) that He created, that He loves. Just the evidence of these daisies reminds me of that. He knew I would see those flowers on that night. He knew I would need a reminder as I contemplated a week’s worth of mess ups.
How gracious He is to remind us of His love even though the evidence is all around us! Oh give me eyes to see!
So to summarize, because sometimes, you just need a quick reminder:
1. God sees you as righteous, not as messed up.
2. God keeps refining you; He never gives up on you.
3. And finally, God loves you and He will never stop. Take these verses as reminders:
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph. 3:17, 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” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).