A brand new grandmother couldn’t wait to hold her infant grandson. She was ecstatic over the new infant.  She snuggled him, kissed him, and thanked God over and over for giving the family such a marvelous gift. Her love for him was pure joy.

Love and joy are always two sides of the same coin.

Did you ever stop to think that God feels the same way about you as this grandmother felt about her grandchild? Isn’t it true that when you love someone, you delight in loving him or her?

No one loves in an abstract way. The love fills you with joy.

As difficult as it may seem to believe, the fact is that God not only loves you, he delights in loving you.

“God will exult with joy over you…he will renew you by his love.”

The lover always enjoys being with his beloved. Joy is based in the very nature of love. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in him…may have eternal life”(John 3:16). This statement is more than a theological concept; it is also a psychological fact.

.           Out of love for us, Jesus died on a cross. Just as the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies so that new life can begin, so did Jesus give up his life that we might awaken to a new and higher life of love and joy.

            The grandmother would gladly give her life to save the life of her new grandchild. She would be glad to give and not count the cost. That’s what true love does.

            Jesus Christ wants to share his infinite love with us. “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it,” (Luke 17:33). This tells us of the selflessness that comes from true love.

God wants to be with us. His deep yearning for us is eternal. Once we understand this, and believe it, we can cast away our doubts. The next step is to beg for his mercy, and put on the indomitable will to count our blessings.

 In spite of our unworthiness, we need to believe that God is infinitely more than a doting parent. Accept the Lord’s unchanging love and be at peace.

            Dear Lord, I bow before the wonder of your love, and I thank you.