“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial.
To be known and not loved is our greatest fear.
But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us” (Timothy Keller).
That’s the greatest kind of love– better than romantic love — to have someone love you just as you are, warts and all. That kind of love isn’t the kind that winks at your flaws but transforms you and makes you want to be better and do better.
That’s the love of God, unmerited and undeserved, for each of His children. For you. For me. He really does love each one of us like we were the only ones to love. That’s one of the perks of being infinite and eternal.
May you know down deep in your bones and in your soul this kind of selfless, sacrificing, agape love of God this Christmas season.