Have you ever really thought about what perfect love is? Sure, we all love our spouses and our children. We already know that the love we feel for our family, particularly our husbands and children is a strong and deep affection born from what some people say is a strong soul connection (Hey! That rhymes! Nice.) But even that love isn't perfect. We get angry at our spouses or children. We get mad at our spouses when they got that big promotion and we are STILL trying to get a measly raise for goodness sake! We get mad at our children when we give them every available resource, including our time, to help them succeed in school and they come home with a big fat 'F' or two because they just didn't feel like doing the homework. Think of how many times you have played the "If and Then" game with your spouse. IF you will be more attentive, THEN I won't nag when you want to watch the game on Saturdays...sound familiar? Well, it does to me! We call it compromise, but that's just a way to dress up being selfish.
God didn't say 'IF you promise to accept my Son Jesus as your Savior, THEN I'll send him to you to endure temptation, loneliness, persecution, homelessness and, finally, a horrific death on a cross for your sins.' Nope, he just did it because he loved us. Jesus never whined 'But I don't want to. These people don't like me and they'll never be any different anyway!' Nope, he just did it because he loved us.
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8
Could you imagine having a son and watching him grow up knowing how his sweet life would end? Knowing that he would be laughed at, scorned, hated, mocked, homeless, beaten, pierced, nailed to a cross in the hot sun and left hanging there , bloody and thirsty? Could you do what God did? We know that God has emotions, just like we do because we were created in his image. He can be proud, angry, happy, and heart broken just like we can.
He sent his son knowing that not everyone would accept that precious gift wrapped in the body of a humble and righteous man. He sent his knowing what would be done to him by cruel, doubting and self righteous men. BUT HE STILL SENT HIM!!!!! He sent him for you and for me and for every other believer since forever and until forever.
Can you imagine how it broke God's heart to see how people, his own creation, would treat Jesus? Every time someone called Jesus a liar it hurt God, every time someone plotted against Jesus it hurt God. But he still did it. THAT, my friends is perfect love! Our Heavenly Father loves us the much! He has loved us forever, since before we were born...with a perfect love!!! That is the best news I have had in my entire life!
I hope that what I've said here sticks with you and that you will look at your children and remember what God did just for you. Look at your husband and try to make that love a little more perfect. God loves you so you can do anything!