My daughter is 3 now, but she has taught me so much in her short life. Even before she was born, the trials during my pregnancy grew me more than anything that had happened in my life to that point. The Lord has used her to teach me that I don't have it all together, that I am not nearly as patient as I once believed, and that I don't know everything about raising children.
Lately, she has been saying out of the blue, "I love you for no reason Mama." I would respond with "That is good, because I love you too!".
But last night, I was searching my own life, and this new phrase of hers came to mind, and with it conviction from the Holy Spirit.
Do I love- for no reason?
As I thought about it I realized that I don't always love for no reason. I am guilty of loving because I want to be loved back. But Biblical love is deeper than that.
Jesus loved me "for no reason". And now I love Him because He first loved me. (1 John 4:19)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11