Why do we insist on loving the people who hurt us? Because it was built into us. The Father designed us after Himself; He has experienced the most heartbreak. Yet He continues to chase after the liars, the thieves, the cheaters. He chases after us; we are all guilty of the same sin.

Day after day we turn away from Him. Yet, He is unfailing in His love.

“I love you regardless.”

Regardless of the times you have lied to me, hidden from me, cheated me, stolen from me. I love you all the same. Regardless of the times you ignored me, rejected me, shamed me, cursed me; I love you all the same. Regardless of your sin that caused me to bleed, sweat, ache and suffer on the cross; I love you all the same. I love you enough to die for you. I love you enough to rise for you.

This is the Father’s love. Think of all the times a person close to your heart has hurt you and how you found it in your heart to forgive them. That heart came from your Father; that is a heart He taught you to carry. It is a heart He intended for Himself.

Think of a Father who experiences heartbreak on a daily basis. Think of a Father who forgives repeat after repeat offense (after you have said “Oh, Father, I have sinned; I will not do this again). Think of a Father who does not tire from heartache, who does not withdraw at rejection, who does not rest in the pursuit of your affections.

His love trumps your love by the depths of the sea and the lengths of the earth. Think of how much you love a person who hurts you and then think of the Father’s love. Who deserves your affections more?