"I must have made you cry a million tears
used enough mercy for a million years
you'd think by now your grace would disappear
Guess that's why you called it love

You spread your arms across eternity
you shed your blood to buy my liberty
you fight for me with all intensity
with an undeniable love

How do you love that way?
I need you to teach me to love that way
why do you love that way?
whatever you do don't stop!"
(Fred Hammond - "How Do You Love That Way?" - Somethin' 'bout Love CD)
"If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is." (2Tim 2:13)

God often uses my interactions with my nieces and nephews to show me things about how my interact with Him. For instance, I remember a time when I was having issues with my nephew and his short term memory... I would ask him to do something and he'd forget. I'd come back expecting it to be done and it wasn't. Then, he'd come and ask me for something totally ignoring the fact that he hadn't done what I asked him to do; as if one had nothing to do with the other... I'd remind him of his promise and he'd reply, "oh yeah...sorry, but can you do such and such for me?" Was he kidding me?

Well, God showed me how He would ask me to do things as well and sometimes I'd forget. As a result, I would relate to my Father based on how I did things instead of how He does things. So even if I had a need, a request or a desire, I wouldn't ask Him. I mean, How could I dare to ask when I knew I hadn't done what He asked me to do. In my mind the two were connected and I thought God would only bless me or do things for me if I did everything I was supposed to do. How futile to think I can play tit for tat with God!

When I didn't do my part, I felt unworthy of His love and His provision... News Flash! I AM unworthy of His love, His provision, all of it, BUT (and this is the awesome part) He gives it anyway!!! WOO HOO!!!! He's just good like that. He just loves like that... UNCONDITIONALLY ~ meaning it doesn't depend on what I do or don't do (insert heavy sigh of relief here!). It's not about me. It never has been. Rather it's about His love for me and the fact that no matter what I do He is good and He is love and He is God. And since the Word says that He's no respecter of persons - how about that applies to all of you as well!! (Right here is a good place to take a shout break!!) No matter what we've done, or haven't done. The Father loves us and He always stands ready to meet us right where we are with His love, forgiveness and restoration.

Happy Sunday!