This prayer came very insistently to me yesterday morning, blotting out everything else. It encapsulates all I’m having to learn, understand and absorb at present. Despite sounding so simple, it was extremely difficult to put into words.
“I have always loved you,” says the Lord (Malachi 1:2; NLT).
Do you love the whole of me –
Not just the bits you favour?
Do you love me when I sin
Against your law, and you?
Do you love me all the time –
The good, the bad, unfailingly?
Do you love me as I am?
He loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 117:2; NLT).
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight (Psalm 51:4; NLT).
Your job is to obey the law (James 4:11; NLT).
The son said to him, “I’ve sinned against God and against you; I no longer deserve to be called one of your children” (Luke 15:21; TIB).
The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:13-14; NLT).
Your unfailing love is better than life itself (Psalm 63:3; NLT).