Mom, how can you love me even when I’m bad?
This question came out of the blue from the boy buckled in his car seat while we were headed down the road. My inquisitive four and a half year old catches me off guard with deep questions quite often. And this was another question I wanted to be sure I answered correctly. My boy is like a walking encyclopedia.
I quickly asked God for wisdom and shared what we studied in our small group the night before. Grace.
I replied, “Well buddy. You know it’s like how God loves us. When I mess up, God still loves me. He wants me to do my best for Him. Just like I want to see you do your best, and I believe you can. That’s why even if you do bad things, I still love you and help you learn how to do the right thing.”
That seemed to satisfy him. Phew. Off the hook until the next question!
But as he stared out the window I couldn’t shake that question for my own life. How can God, my Heavenly Father, love me with all of my mess? It made me so unbelievably grateful that God loves us so much. Even in our sinful ways, He sent His son to die for us so that we can have life and have it abundantly. That we can have freedom. That we can have a relationship with the most perfect God.
He wants us to connect with Him no matter how bad we’ve messed up. He’s reaching out His hand to help us stand again, fill us with His power, and praise Him for all He’s done in our life. How amazing is that? That’s good news, friends. Like really good!
At times this world can feel so negative, so hard, like a battle we can never win. And the truth is we can’t win alone. We need Him. How can He love me even when I am bad? Grace. That’s how. He gives us grace. Unending grace. And for that I am thankful.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9