Unconditional Love

Previously, I shared with you how excited my five grandchildren were when they saw the picture of their long-awaited baby brother, and how the Lord had spoken to my heart, showing me that this is how He longs for us to worship Him. I can’t even begin to describe to you how blessed and excited I was as the Lord revealed that to me! For those of you who didn’t see the post on True Worshipers, please check it out.

As excited as I was about that post, I’m even more excited to share with you today. Previously, I shared with you how excited my five grandchildren were when they saw the picture of their newborn baby brother, but that was NOTHING in comparison to their response when their Mommy and Daddy brought their baby brother home. I have never witnessed such screaming and shouting and jubilation as when their parents entered the house with their baby brother. There were ooh’s and ah’s and “He’s so cute!” and “I love him!” I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me to witness my youngest grandchild’s homecoming, because it was the most beautiful experience I’ve ever had!

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

~ Psalm 103:1 — NKJV ~

And the Lord has given me another beautiful revelation of His great love for us. My newborn grandson wasn’t released from the hospital until Sunday night, because the doctors feared there was something wrong with him due to his size (he weighed 9.56 lbs!) and because his white blood cell count was elevated. Long story short, there was absolutely nothing wrong with this beautiful baby and he was finally released.

Do you know how hard it is to wait for something or someone that you have longed to see, touch and hear? Do you know how hard it is to have to wait, knowing that this person is so close to you, that he/she is in reach, and yet despite that wonderful news, you must still wait for another day? I know how hard the waiting was for me. I longed to see my newborn grandson, but I had to stay at home with his older siblings, all of whom I love very much… Still, I wanted to see my baby grandson and hold him in my arms, kiss his little cheek, his little forehead, his little hands and feet — well, you get the picture… but I had to wait to see him.

Now, as hard as it was for me to wait to see my grandson, imagine how hard it was for his five brothers and sisters, aged 2 ¾, 4 ½, 5 ½ and 7… When you are a child, waiting for something, hours can seem like days, and days can seem like months, and months can seem like years. Waiting is extremely difficult for young children, and now, I had to share with the children that their baby brother might not come home right away.

You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.

~ James 5:8 — NLT ~

While waiting for their baby brother to come home, the children decided they wanted to give him and their Mommy a present, so they hunted for their crayons, while I passed out a paper plate to each child, who in turn, drew and colored (or scribbled, depending on the age), pictures on the front and back of the paper plates. Then, using an extra long sparkly red pipe cleaner, we created a mobile, which my husband hung from the ceiling. The children were all quite proud of their handiwork, and there was a celebratory air in the house as we waited for the baby to come home.

Finally, after what seemed like years, (Okay, I was just as excited as the children!), there was a knock at the door. Mommy and Daddy were home with Baby Ian! Have mercy! What a time of rejoicing that was, as I went to open the door, with all five of the children crowded close beside me, anxiously looking for their baby brother. They saw Mommy first, but no baby, and while they were happy to see  her, they wanted to know where their baby brother was, and then, in walked Daddy, carrying their brother in the car seat carrier. You should have heard the shouting and the laughter. There was so much joy in that house that it was  palpable.

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty firmament!

Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

~ Psalm 150 — NKJV ~

My daughter-in-law sat down on the love seat and held the baby, while the children gathered around to finally see and touch him. Hands were reaching out from all around, followed by squeals of delight… “Oh, him so cute!” “I wub him!” Mommy unwrapped the baby and took his clothing off, so the children could see his cute little legs, feet and toes. This was followed by even more marveling shrieks, “Oh! Him so little!” “He so soft!” 

As I was thinking back on the beauty and wonder of my grandchildren’s loving celebration as they welcomed their baby brother into their family, the Lord spoke to my heart…

My beloved readers, as much as my grandchildren love their new baby brother, and as much as his parents and his grandparents love him, the Lord loves each one of us — you and me — even more! You see, He loves you with an all encompassing, never ending, undying love. As you read the scripture below, read it out loud, and replace the name, Israel, with your name…

Long ago the Lord said to Israel:
“I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself.

~ Jeremiah 31:3 — NLT ~

Image Credit: Saints Peter and Paul: Joy in Heaven
Image Credit:
Saints Peter and Paul: Joy in Heaven

As wonderful as it was to be a part of the celebration with my grandchildren, as they rejoiced over their baby brother who had come home, the Lord reminded me that an even greater celebration takes place in the heavenlies every time a sinner repents and gives his/her life to Christ… Have you repented and asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (the ruler) of your life? Do you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead? If you have, did you know that on the day you were born again, the angels in heaven threw a party in your honor?

Image Credit: My Father's Child
Image Credit:
My Father’s Child

My beloved reader, do you understand that God loves you so much that He has talked to the angels about you, just as my son and daughter-in-law talked about their unborn baby to their other children. Their older children loved their little brother before he was even born, because their parents loved  him and took the time to share their great love for their unborn son with their other sons and daughters. Because their parents had shared their great love for their unborn son, his brothers and sisters were excited about his arrival.

In the same way, God has shared His great love for you and for me, so that when we repented of our sins and asked Christ to be our Lord and Savior, the angels in heaven rejoiced over us. You see, God looks at each one of us as His errant children, and He longs for each one of us to turn from our wicked ways and turn to Him. And when one of us repents and asks Christ to save us, there is great rejoicing in heaven, just as there was great rejoicing in my son’s household, when his newborn baby came home. 

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

~ Luke 15:10 — NIV ~

My beloved readers, do you know how much you are loved? You are worth far more to the Lord than diamonds or gold. You are more precious than any fine metals. You are loved for more than you could ever imagine. 

This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

~ 1 John 4:10 — MSG ~

Image Credit: Preborn Babies Are People too/Facebook
Image Credit:
Preborn Babies Are People too/Facebook

Beloved, did you ever think to yourself, “How could God have time to love me or even think of me, when there are so many other people in the world…”? I used to think that there were a lot of more important, better people for God to think of than me, but then He showed me how foolish and wrong that was, and that false belief was a lie from the pit of hell. Did you know that this, my newest little grandson, is my eighth grandchild, and that I was just as excited about his birth as I was about my first grandchild’s birth? Do you know that out of my eight grandchildren, no two of them are exactly alike, including the twins? And do you know that I love each one of those precious grandchildren equally, but differently? Each one of them holds a special place in my heart, and I love them dearly. And guess what? I’m expecting my ninth grandchild in July, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will love him/her just as much as I love the other eight!

Now, if I am able to have that much love in my heart for so many different grandchildren, why is it that we can’t believe that an Almighty, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent God can’t love us? How can you believe in my great love for my grandchildren, and not believe in God’s great love for you? Don’t put God in a box! Read these words from the Lord out loud, and hide them in your hearts…

“Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

~ Isaiah 49:15 — NASB ~

My beloved readers, I want you to be confident in God’s love for you. Just as my newborn grandson was born to parents who love him deeply, so those of us who have been born again, have been born to a heavenly Father who loves us even more deeply. Just as my newborn grandson was born into a family of brothers and sisters who love him and rejoice at his birth, so we, who have been born again are born into a family of brothers and sisters, who are joint heirs with Christ, and we dearly love our born again brothers and sisters and rejoice because once, they were lost, and now, they are  found! Even the angels in heaven rejoice at our rebirth! 

And now, my beloved readers, I will leave you with this final thought… When my husband and I got ready to leave my son’s house and return home on Sunday night, one of our grandchildren (I can’t remember which one) asked with great concern, “Can we keep the baby? Can he stay here?” And the child’s father replied, “Of course he can stay with us. He’s going to live with us forever.” My beloved reader, if you have been born again, then you have an eternal home with your heavenly Father…

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

~ Romans 8:38-39 — NLT ~

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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