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God created us BY and FOR relationships.
We are beings who long to be loved by others. And we long to love others in return. Being loved comes first. It is only by being loved that we learn to love (“we love him because he first loved us” from 1 John 4:19).
So parents do their best to love their kids so their kids will mature into loving people. And lovers seek to woo the heart of their beloved. God does the same. God loves us unconditionally in Christ so that we can learn to love God, others and even ourselves in healthy ways.
As good as that sounds, mistrust can cloud and even sabotage our capacity to be loved and to love. Mistrust seems to be a safe choice in light of the painful realities of life. Parents cannot love perfectly. Lovers get distracted. And God’s love for us seems unreal in the face of losses and limits.
What will it take to become like a child again so we can enter and enjoy as much as humanly possible the love of the kingdom of heaven on earth?