A few days ago, a young child asked me if my parents loved me. I told her yes, then she proceeded to ask me did they love me when I was a child, to which I replied yes as well. But that question made me think. Aren’t our parents supposed to love us? Aren’t our parents supposed to want what is best for us? Shouldn’t our parents want more for us than they had when they were growing up? Should our parents give up on us? Should they call us out of our names? Should they cuss at us or speak negative things into our lives? Isn’t a parents love to be unconditional, regardless? Shouldn’t our parents show their love for us by introducing us to Jesus? Shouldn’t our parents show their love for us by training us up in the way that we should go? There are so many questions that I could ask, and the answer still comes up, yes our parents should love us unconditionally.
The streets and the jails are filled with children who wonder if their parents love them. They see their friends with curfews and ask why their parent or parents don’t give them a curfew. They watch their friends get into the car on Sunday mornings to go to Sunday school and church, while their parents are still lying in bed asleep. They see their friends’ parents raising them, while they are raising themselves and/or their parents. These children wonder if their parents love them. When they go out here in this world and make mistakes, so many parents turn their backs on their children, and the children wonder, if their parents love them. Many kids have so many questions about why doesn’t their parents care about them? They wonder how a parent can be a parent when they are too busy trying to party with their child or out party their child. How can you tell if your mother loves you when you and she are arguing over the same man? How can it be that your father loves you when he can’t stay around long enough to show you how to be a man?
It is hard to believe that a parent can love their child, when the child knows more cuss words than bible verses. It is hard to believe that a parent loves that child when the parent takes them to see and r-rated movie, but refuses to take them to church. It is hard to believe that a parent loves their child, when they talk at them instead of to them. It is hard to believe that a parent loves their child when they allow them to listen to the words of the latest gangsta rap music, instead of teaching them the Lord’s Prayer. It is hard to believe that a parent loves their child when they teach them to lie instead of love. It is hard to believe that a parent loves their child when they will not allow them to go to church as a form of punishment, yet they let them continue on playing playstation and computer games for entertainment. It is hard to believe that a parent can love their child when they refuse to introduce that child to the God that can save them. And because that child has never been introduced to God, they do not know God as their Father. Because they have never been introduced to God, they do not know Jesus as their redeemer. Because that child has never been introduced to God, they do not know God as the one who loves them in spite of…And when you do not know God for the Father that He is, you do not understand real love. You do not realize just how much He loves you. You can not even begin to understand the depth of His love for you. In Romans chapter 8, verses 35-39 it reads, “Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We're sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing--nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable--absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”(The Message) This says it all, God loves us and nothing can separate us from His love. No matter what we have done, God still loves us, no matter what we have thought about doing, He still loves us. God’s love for us in unconditional and it never ends. When children are forsaken by their parents, I pray that they know that they have a Father in Heaven that loves them. My prayer is that they know that even though this world is cold and heartless, they can call on their Heavenly Father and He will wrap them up in His arms and will keep them warm. My prayer is that if their parents turn their backs on them, they know that Jesus is always there. My prayer is that they realize that no matter what, Jesus is there waiting with open arms, telling them, “My Father in Heaven sent me to earth to die for your sins, so that you may live forever in eternity with me.” There is just one catch, they will never know unless YOU TELL THEM!