We have a silly, but sweet, little game we like to play in my house.
It’s called The Love War.
You may be familiar with the first part of it – your child tells you they love you, you tell them you love them more. In my house we keep it going to “I love you the most!” “I love you the MOSTEST!” “I love you with all my heart!”
But that’s not where it stops. Oh, no! My sweet, ever competitive middle child, Hannah, loves to go even further. After I have told her I love her with all my heart, she responds with “I love you never-ending never-ending never-ending never-ending plus a million plus never-ending….”
You get the idea. Sometimes she goes on like this for a full minute! And then I tell her she wins.
(I’m lying, though. I still love her more!)
The other day after my son Ethan “won” a love war with me, God nudged me and whispered to my heart, “I love YOU never-ending.”
I can’t even begin to describe to you how that made me feel.
I can profess my love for Jesus non-stop. I can do things that show my love for him all day. I can declare that I truly love God with all my heart.
But He still loves me more.
He loves me so much, He gave up His Son for me.
His love for me will never end. Ever. Even when I mess up. Even when I take control in my life of things I shouldn’t be in control of. Even when I ignore His whisperings in my heart.
He still loves me more.
When I watch my daughters and son tell me they love me a gazillion times more than I love them, their eyes sparkle, they giggle, and their faces are filled with joy. They truly believe that they love me the most.
I imagine God’s face is much like theirs when He tells me He loves me more.
And you know what?
He feels exactly the same way about you.
He loves you more. In fact, He loves you never-ending never-ending never-ending never-ending.
I love Psalm 136, because each verse states His love for us over and over again. To get the full impact, read the entire Psalm. Here’s a teaser for you as we get ready for Thanksgiving: