It's something said a lot in church settings.
"You are a child of God."
"God is your Father."
But, honestly, I didn't TRULY understand what that meant.
When I fell away from God I got into the "I have to clean up my life before I can return" trap. I felt like I had to be GOOD ENOUGH for Him to truly love me.
My husband said to me, "That's the best part. None of us deserve it and none of us are truly good enough. He loves us anyway."
I accepted that and accepted Christ (again).
But now that I'm a parent with kids of my own I feel like I actually get it.
My kids aren't perfect. They are FAR from it! They make me angry daily. They disobey daily...sometimes hourly. And I still love them. I don't approve of their bad decisions, but it doesn't make me love them any less.
THAT is how God feels about us. We screw up daily...sometimes hourly! He gets angry with us. He doesn't approve of our bad decisions, but that doesn't mean he loves us any less!