So it's Christmas day and today at church the message has brought me hope once more. Sometimes we have things happen to us that leave us feeling a bit hopeless and alone and in consequence our walk with God goes a bit haywire. There is however still hope.
One point that came across for me today was that, in the same way that I would not disown my children even if they were doing things that really got up my nose, so too God does not disown his children when their behaviour is less than perfect. As I would forgive my children no matter what, so too does God forgive his children.
I believe that when God looked at His Son hanging on the cross and being condemned to sheol He felt the pain of a parent and because of that pain can now empathise with us in our struggles here on earth.
I'm not perfect as Jesus was nor are my children but I cannot disown my children nor do I believe God can disown His children. He has no desire to see His children go to hell nor does He have any desire to disown them at any time at all.
I'm a parent and judging by my own experiences as one I can understand God so much better.