Jesus said His new commandment is “that you love one another; as I have loved you” John 13:34. But who measures up to the standard of His love? Does it mean we are failures if we don’t measure up? Hardly! Jesus’ perfect love is the ideal toward which we should ever be genuinely aspiring to attain. Sometimes we come near, sometimes we don’t, but we keep reaching upward toward the goal of truly knowing His perfection. (Originally Posted 5/10/11).
Even though we miss that mark of divine perfection by a mile, God is a loving father who deals with us as beloved children. He doesn’t fly into a tantrum, punish us relentlessly, mercilessly, unreasonably. He knows we are hurt more by our sin than anyone else. He knows that most of the time our mistakes are the result of of our weakness. He understands us even better than we understand ourselves.
And the most wonderful part of it is – He cares! He cares and forgives! He deals with us as a loving Father. He binds up our hurts and wipes away our tears. He lifts us up and heals our hearts. He does all this that he might keep us as His own dear children (1 John 3:1-2).
He is the God who …
“… executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. (Psalm 146:7-9).