1 John 3:1-3 – “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” NKJV
Recently, I heard the country song again, “Love Without End, Amen” and it, as it always does, reminded me of our Heavenly Father’s Love and my natural love for my children. The song is down to earth in its message and uses realistic events in life to illustrate the power of love both natural and divine.
In the song, the young boy was sent home from school for fighting and that was against the rules of his home, so he came home with trepidation as to what the result would be when his father saw and heard the account. He rehearsed the story in his mind so as to mitigate his punishment and related it to his dad just as he had rehearsed. The response was unexpected and was not the product of his story but a message his dad hoped to convey. There is a powerful message found in the chorus:
And he said, ‘Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, a secret that my daddy said was just between us.’ He said, ‘Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then. It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end.’
Expecting punishment and receiving grace and assurance of his father’s love was a powerful message that resonated throughout his life. The song continues with this boy growing up and having a son of his own, who was stubborn and often rebellious and life events afford him an opportunity to pass the message on to his son. Then, he had a dream that he had died and standing outside the Gates of Heaven he thought, there must be some mistake because he didn’t feel his life would be acceptable and that’s when he heard a voice from inside the gates telling him, “Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love, a secret my daddy said was just between us. Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end, amen…”
We are enjoined to demonstrate tireless and unconditional love toward our children. I did not say a faux love that excuses and looks the other way when behavior warrants the administration of discipline but LOVE that is like God’s love. Love that continues to love even when the person demonstrates characteristics and actions that are not lovely. We teach, train, and discipline, but WE LOVE WITHOUT END. That is how God loves us and how we should love others especially our children.
God bless you as you embark on a journey of love on this wonderful day in Jesus!