~John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Anyone who is a parent will attest to the fact that they love all their children equally. Granted, one child may do something to make them proud or one will do something to hurt them. However, it does not mean that the parents love one child more than the other.
It is the same, and greater, with our Heavenly Father. There is not a human being on this earth that God loves more than the other. Once we wrap our brains around that fact, we can be humbled. We cannot look at the down trodden and feel “better” than they. To do so is sin – the sin of pride. We are no better than another in God’s eyes. We are all His creation.
Just as our own children choose to go down their own paths as adults, so do we as children of God. If one of our children should choose a path of destruction (drugs, alcohol, etc.), we would more than likely exercise tough love and leave them to their actions until they wake up one day and come back. The parable of the Prodigal Son is a wonderful passage to read in Scriptures to encourage the parent of such a child. But aren’t we all Prodigal Sons to the Heavenly Father? The Word says that we have all sinned!
~Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Therefore, we all need to accept the fact that God loves us and has provided a way for us to be reconciled to Him. One sin alone is enough to separate us from God. He has given us the wonderful gift of His Son, Himself, to take our punishment. We deserve every bit of that punishment, but praise the Lord for His mercy in our lives.
He provided a way for us! Why? Because He loves us that much! I can’t wrap my head around that but I sure can pass that love on to His other children who need a gentle and compassionate touch in their lives. Just look at the picture above … you see people like this every day. We judge them in our hearts. People who “are down on their luck” or kids who want to make a statement by piercing their bodies and looking different from “the man.” But you know what? God loves them just as much as you! Allow the Lord to use you, Christian! Allow Him to open your heart and see these children with the same eyes you see your children! I guarantee that you will look at them differently if you did and you would not love them any less than your own.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.