Grandmother's Favourite

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:43-48
Author: Steve Collier (Kentucky, US)
Tuesday 22 October 2019 © The Upper Room.

My sister has three grandsons, all nearly grown up now. When the boys were young and for years afterwards, she told each one that he was her favourite. Because she always did this within earshot of the others, the three boys grew up knowing that their grandmother loved them equally.

God loves us similarly. But we sometimes fall into believing that only we are blessed, and we too readily look down on other people. Or, we wonder why others’ prayers are being answered immediately when ours are delayed. And when we do so, we miss the mark, forgetting God’s abundant and equal love.

For me, it is as simple as recalling the song, ‘Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.’ Yes, God loves me. And at the same time, he loves everyone else. We can do well when we accept God’s love as my sister’s grandsons accepted her love, knowing that all of us are loved equally.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to accept your love gratefully and enable us to love others as you love them. Amen

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