Love. Period.

September 27, 2021 at 5:15 am 4 comments


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One of the things I’m committed to saying freely in our home is, “I love you.” I want my wife and my kids to have no doubt about how much I love them. I even made up a little song – not a good song, but a song nonetheless – that I will often sing to my kids at bedtime telling them about my love for them.

But the other day, my daughter asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks. “Daddy,” she said looking up at me with her signature sweet smile, “why do you love me?”

Now, there are many things I love about my daughter.

I love the way she laughs at my corny dad jokes.

I love how academically adept and interested she is.

I love how she leans in to kiss me on the cheek.

There are many things I love about my daughter. But even though these are things I love about my daughter, these are not the reasons why I love my daughter. I wouldn’t love her any less if she stopped laughing at my jokes, although I might question her sense of humor. I wouldn’t love her any less if she began to struggle in school. And I wouldn’t love her any less if, perhaps one day, the kisses she gives me on the cheek become fewer and farther between, although, admittedly, that will make me sad.

I just love my daughter. Period. That’s all there is to it.

One of the deepest lies we tell ourselves about love is this: “I am loved because…”

I am loved because I am successful.

I am loved because I am smart.

I am loved because I am good-looking.

I am loved because I am spiritual.

The reason this is such a deep and damnable lie is because, if we lose any of these things – our success, our smarts, our looks, or even if our faith begins to falter – we’ll believe that we have lost love, too, because we’ll believe that we no longer have what it takes to get others to love us. Which leaves us feeling alone. And hurting. And broken. And hopeless. And worthless.

In the gospel, Christ says, “I love you. Period. There’s no ‘because’ behind My love. My love finds its delight in your sheer existence. There is nothing you can do that will destroy My love for you.” Or, as Paul puts it:

I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

That’s the kind of love we all secretly long for. That’s the kind of love we all fundamentally need. For what we do and who we are inevitably ebbs and flows over time. True and lasting love, then, cannot come with a “because.” And Christ’s love for you does not.

He loves you. Period.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dennis Noll  |  September 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Zach, These are always good . This was spectacular . TY Dennis

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  • 2. karolyn gray  |  September 27, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    It is hard to put into words of why you love someone. The best way is to show love. I know God loves me because He has shown me in so many different ways as I show Him in different ways.

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  • 3. Lawrence Don Bailey  |  September 28, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Many thanks, Pastor Zach, for these meaningful, concise words about why we should love.

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  • 4. monabudok@gmail.com  |  September 29, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for this blog on LOVE! I, too, am blessed to have our Christ’s unconditional love!

    How about a series on Revelation next summer? I think the last we heard anything from Rev. was when Pastor Newman did it in ABC and that’s been years ago. I attended the Bible Study here at Franklin Park where we listed to discs by Dr. David Jeremiah. I know there’s a different view from the Lutheran standpoint as we don’t believe in “the rapture” etc.

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