Unconditional Love & Runaway Dogs

Guest Author: Eliza Roop | Follow

It had been a long day. We were tired. My husband and I had just gotten back from our honeymoon and we were immediately thrown into “real life.” There were bills to pay, boxes to unpack, a bachelor pad that we somehow were going to transform into a home, and needless to say,

I was a little overwhelmed with it all!

On this particular night, we had decided ahead of time to stop painting the house at a decent hour so we could actually get seven hours of sleep. I was getting ready for bed and my husband let Franklin, our golden retriever, outside for a minute. When he went to let him back inside, Franklin was nowhere to be seen, and the back gate was wide open.

Before I go any further with this story, I must say that I am not much of a dog person. I just wasn’t born with that dog-shaped hole in my heart like some people were, including Steven, my husband. So when I heard that Franklin got out, my first thought was,

“Great, we won’t get to bed on time after all.”

Steven went out to look for Franklin, but it was dark outside and Franklin was nowhere to be seen. After 30 minutes had passed and still no sign of the dog, Steven was getting really worried. I was just more annoyed. Finally we went to check the back gate, and there was Franklin, waiting right outside it. He had rolled in some nasty garbage and smelled awful, so Steven had to give him a bath and drive him on the highway to dry him off.

When we at long last crawled into bed well after midnight, I was quite upset about the whole situation. To be honest, I was having serious thoughts about finding a new home for Franklin. I asked Steven, “How much do you love Franklin?” He looked at me and said, “Oh, very much.”

At that moment, I realized that the love Steven has for our dog is unconditional. Even though Franklin was a very bad dog that night, it didn’t change Steven’s love for him.

It got me thinking about our Heavenly Father’s love for us. I know sometimes when I mess up and do something I shouldn’t, I think there is no way the Lord will still love me.

I hear in my head that “Jesus loves me, this I know,” but 

sometimes I just feel unlovable.

I mean, how hard would it be to love someone who is continually messing up? But that’s what is special about God’s love for us:

it’s completely unconditional.

It doesn’t depend on how well we perform or how few times we mess up, the Lord’s love is always the same! He can look past all the mistakes we make and see His beloved child.

Praise the Lord for His unconditional love and mercy and grace that allows us to come to Him boldly,

not because of what we’ve done,
but instead because of who we are in Him.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of the good things we had done, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. | Titus 3:4-5

(As a side note, I am learning to love Franklin. I don’t think it’s quite unconditional yet, but at least it’s an improvement.)

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