Saturday, March 11 (3:11)
1 John: For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Love is a funny thing, especially unconditional love. I didn't really get it until I had children of my own, and it was like a lightbulb going off in my heart. After having children, I looked at my husband differently because I realized I didn't love him unconditionally as I did my children. I loved him, but his faults grew larger, his humor and sarcasm became hurtful, and his focus turned more toward himself, whereas mine turned toward the children.
Only through forgiveness and acceptance could I see through the eyes of love. I believe this is what John is talking about in the verse today. Forgiveness and acceptance change our lens. Love provides a deeper understanding of humanity, that we all have something that we are dealing with, and that we all deal with things in our own way.
When I was going through the divorce, a friend said, "Just remember, there is divine justice. He will get his."
Call it karma or divine justice, but what would the world look like if we sent out love instead of anything else? What would happen if we sent out love to the person who dinged your car, scammed you, looked at you sideways, or cut you off in traffic? What if karma and divine justice were other forms of love? Maybe that is the way God loves us. We are God's children; therefore, She loves us unconditionally, and in Her eyes, we are perfect as we are. We are God's favorite, just as I am my parent's favorite, just like my siblings and children, and grandchild/ren.
May we embrace this day, knowing that we are God's favorite, knowing that He loves us unconditionally.