As my son’s children were leaving our house after a visit, I started giving my individual good-byes to each child. I started with my granddaughter, giving her a kiss on the cheek and telling her I loved her. As I did this my three year old grandson started giggling and wiggling with anticipation. “You can kiss me too! Grams, you can kiss me too!”
What a blessing! He is not always so ready with affection but this time he certainly didn’t want to be left out on what was making his sister smile!
We all want to be loved and we are hurt when we think God is playing favorites. The truth is I was going to kiss Eli too. It just happened that I had been standing closer to his sister.
Even the anticipation of seeing someone we love calls out for favor. And rightly so. Love should be expressed to the lover, not hidden away shyly. And how sweet we feel when that anticipation is requited. When we turn to God he is quick to respond. We do not have to worry when the response seems long, when it seems that he is attending to someone else first. We don’t have to line up to get an audience with him. Love is not something that God can run out of nor is it exclusive.
The Bible does give some prerequisites we have to obey before we seek out the joy of his favor:
1.We must forgive others before he will forgive us. Matthew 6:12, forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. and 15, But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
2.We must love others if we want God to love us. Matt.5;43-48, You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44“But I say to you, love your enemies, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Lev. 19:17, “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin.
1 John 4:20, If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Love is a powerful emotion which should be expressed and never hidden. But first we must learn to love or we will have nothing positive to express. If you have certain people in mind that you believe you can never love, I understand. Outside of God you cannot love the unlovely.
Seek him out! Cry out to God until he answers you and remember you don’t have to wait your turn. Today is the day to come to him for
God is Love.
1 John 4:8