Advent Day 11: Dearly Loved

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” -1 John 3:1

Awhile ago, God said something to me that I feel that I should share with all of you:

“My child,

I have great things in store for you. Be still and listen. You are broken and easily bruised. Come to me to find your rest. Let me restore you to health.

I give you living water from the well that never runs dry. Take hold of me as I have taken hold of you. Be with me always; as you go through your day do not let your mind wander too far from me. And know that I am always with you. I will guide you through life as a mother with a small child. Listen for me; I am speaking to you.” -God

This week of advent is all about love. Just being able to say that we are a child of the King of Kings shows the love that God has for us, that he was willing to adopt us as the imperfect people that we are. God loves us as a mother loves her child. Meditate on that today. Let it sink in. That kind of love is patient. That kind of love shows no selfishness. It means that He will take care of us and provide for us at no cost to us.

Ephesians 5:1-2 says this: “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” 

God showed his selfless love by coming to Earth as a baby at Christmas. He lived a difficult life, went though pain and suffering and went so far as to sacrifice himself for us. We do not ever need to doubt God’s love for us: He’s already proven it. So let Him love you. Draw close to Him and spend time with Him. Know that you are His child, who is dearly loved.