A friend sent me this quote from Brennan Manning, "God is not moody or capricious. He knows no seasons of change. He has a single relentless stance toward us: He loves us." I must confess that upon reading this I realized that often, and even after all these years of being His, I still think His stance towards me is sometimes one of mere toleration. Can you relate? Why is that? Maybe because that's how I feel about myself. I just tolerate myself. I don't often love myself. I'm learning, and it's hard, but oh so necessary!
If I, if we, are to fulfill the ultimate commandment which is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves, well then I better get loving myself :-) Interesting, I think I love myself best when I'm loving others. And could it be that when we are loving others, especially those who don't love us, that we are really loving God? Jesus said, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me."
A sign of you and I being His children is that we love our enemies (Luke 6:35). Jesus told us that when we do this we will "be sons of the Most High." In loving others we will be that which we are in Him: beloved sons and daughters! And a son and daughter of God can have the same knowledge that Jesus had about the Father's love, "…for You loved Me before the foundation of the world."
Wow! God's single relentless stance toward you and me: He loves us! And He is leading us deeper into that love every day.