Me: "You're not bad. Don't say that."
My little guy: "No, like sometimes I do bad stuff or I don't obey you guys."
Me: (Lump in my throat) "Well, because we love you always. No matter what. Mommy and Daddy always want to do good for you and give you good things... it's called unconditional love."
My little guy: "Oh..."
Me: "And guess what? That's how God loves us. Even though we don't always obey. Even though we sometimes choose bad over good. He loves us. He died on the cross for us."
My little guy: "And He even died for the people that did bad stuff to Him..."
Me: "Yes, He sure did..."
This conversation took place today at the park. Our two oldest daughters were at volleyball and water polo practice and our youngest daughter was at a summer program at her school. Marco and I decided we would spend some special time with our little guy at a nearby park. We brought his fishing poll and he did some "fishing" (translates to casting, reeling in, casting, reeling in, splash tip of poll in water, get distracted by every splash or movement around him...), then we went exploring and tried to catch some frogs and ended it with him playing at the play ground and getting wet at the splash pad.
So thankful I took the time to listen. To really hear him and answer his questions. We constantly learn from our kids. That's okay, you know.
Did you know that our God loves us no matter what? He doesn't care what we look like, what we know, how much money we have, or what church we go to - or even if we go to church at all. That is not what makes Him loves us. He loves us because we are His children. He created us.
So stop worrying my friend. You can't make Him not love you. Ever. Even when you are "bad" or sometimes do bad things. It's called grace. It's called unconditional love.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.