The Love of a Father: You Love Me Anyway

Yesterday was a pretty rough day at the Parker house. I’m pretty sure I said “No” in two different languages approximately 450,000 times. The kids fought, and whined, and fought, and then whined, and tattled, and fought generally all day long. Essentially they acted like kids…

Days like that serve to show me how often I fail. In some weird way it makes me realize all the different ways I’ve failed to live like I should, the ways I’ve failed to lead as I should, the ways I’ve failed to parent as I should. It’s a painful thing to examine your life and see the ugliness that is there.

As I started working this morning tue first song that started playing on Pandora was by a band called Sidewalk Prophets. The song was “You Love Me Anyway. It’s one of my favorite songs they sing because of the lyrics:

I am the thorn in your crown, but you love me anyway;
I am the sweat from your brow, but you love me anyway;
I am the nail in your hand, but you love me anyway;
I am Judas’ kiss, but you love me anyway.

These words just get all over me, because while I was the reason Christ had to die on the cross, He loves me anyway. Although I fail to live up to His standard daily, even hourly, he loves me anyway. In fact, there’s absolutely nothing that I can do to cause Christ to love me less. That’s an amazing thing to think about, especially when you’re thinking about how flawed you are.

But do you know what else? I feel the same way about my kids (including my two Latvians that do not currently share my last name). There’s nothing that any of them could do that would cause me to love them any less, much less stop loving them. Absolutely nothing. That’s what unconditional love is all about. That’s what the love of a Father is all about.

I’m grateful for the example of Christ in loving me regardless of my actions, so that I can display it to those around me- especially my family.

Living For His Glory,

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