When did God start loving you?
Before the creation of the world…
Long before He laid down earth’s foundations,
He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love,
to be made whole and holy by his love.
Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ.
(What pleasure He took in planning this!)
He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving
by the hand of His beloved Son. [Ephesians 1:4-6 The Message]
From the moment you were conceived…
If you go on Youtube and search for an eight week ultrasound, you can see one of many amazing videos of a fetus moving, with its heart beating. God was watching over you when you were that tiny, His heart filled with love for there is no unwanted child in His family.
For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.[Psalm 139:13-16]
On the cross…
He left his Father’s throne above
so free, so infinite his grace!),
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.[Charles Wesley]
And His love will carry you home…
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. [John 14:2-3]
Love’s gonna carry me home
Amazing grace, big surprise
Hits you right between the eyes
Hits you hard
Like a small, flat stone
Slays your giants and leads you home**