Giving and receiving love seemed so easy when we were children. We played with neighborhood kids and school friends when our parents brought us together and most of the time we got along. There were minor scuffles over a toy or hurt feelings when someone said something we considered to be “mean”, but the majority of the time we experienced a mutual love.

As a parent of two sons, I fostered this easy love when my sons were young too. Play dates with the neighborhood kids or friends from school were part of the growing up routine. The feeling each time is that my sons were just thrilled to have someone to play with and friendships grew.

all you need is love

I learned from my own childhood, as well as watching my sons grow up, that all you need is love.

A hug, just because…

A kiss when my sons got a “boo boo”…

A bandaid to cover the imaginary cut…

Saying “I love you” often without expecting anything in return…

And providing a safe place and taking care of daily needs…

All created an easy love that reflected genuine caring.

Jesus taught love and modeled this unconditional love over and over. He loved the hurt, the marginalized, the outcasts and everyone who entered His story while He was alive. He loves all His children today. His example is a blue print for how we can love. Jesus loves with no strings attached and proved that all you need is love.

But childhood is one small piece of the whole story. We grow into adults and our beliefs about love and acceptance change as life experiences mold us along the way. Now we form opinions, take sides, and many daily experiences take us farther away from love rather than closer. We let persecution, suffering or perceived opinions pull us away from loving relationships. We let being an adult take us away from the easy love we knew as a child. We forget that nothing will ever separate us from the love of Christ.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35-37

We are loved without any expectations in return. When misfortunes assail us, we are loved. When struggles seem bigger than any joy, we still have God on our side interceding for us. When defeat seems imminent, God will always advocate for us. God’s love is bigger than all the misfortunes, struggles and defeat the world throws our way. As a child of God, He is always in our corner ready with His redemptive grace.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

Our God is a God of love. He is for us when the world is against us. God gave up His son, Jesus, so we may know redemptive love. In our world of contradictions, we are loved so well.

Knowing all we need is love, how will you embrace and share it today?

Blessings of grace along the way,

Mary

Linking with the lovely Lisha @ Give Me Grace

 

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