Why Do We Love Babies?

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind…” Luke 10:27

>Reflection was based on this Sunday’s reading.<

Last Fourth of July weekend, we had a family gathering.  And during this gathering, one of my husband’s cousin-in-law brought her new baby girl!

And she was only 2 days old!

You can feel the warmth and affection of everyone around the baby.  Relatives took turns in carrying her in their arms and gazing at the baby.

The reaction was irresistible.  We just can’t help but love these little babies. Some say it’s because we were “programmed” this way.  They say it’s because of our instinct.  It’s part of our nature to love and protect these precious little ones.

Whatever it is, it’ll probably remain a mystery.

And it’s the same thing with God’s love for us.  

It’s a mystery.  Something we can’t fully comprehend.  

You see, loving babies is so easy.  They’re so cute and cuddly.  We’re just absolutely attracted to them.  When you see one, you just gotta hold them and get your “baby fix.”

Now loving adults?  That’s a different ball game.

Babies become toddlers.  Toddlers become teenagers.  Teenagers become adults.

Somehow, along the way, the ability to love this baby (who’s now fully grown) slowly disintegrated.

And as adults, we may sometimes feel we have to work hard to earn appreciation and respect. Or perhaps we feel unworthy sometimes.  Or maybe unloved?

At one point or another in our lives, we might’ve felt that way.  After all, the world is sometimes a tough place to live in.

I remember during my teenager days, I had a conversation with my Mom.  I was telling her about my frustrations and she advised me to “Pray to God.”

Then out of the blue I blurted out, “Well, God hasn’t answered my prayers!  What’s the use?  I don’t think He even loves me.”

I looked at my Mom and saw tears welling in her eyes.  And she covered her face with her hands.

She told me, “Oh my daughter, you can’t say that.  That’s not true.  You can’t doubt God’s love.  You must confess that…”

Do you feel like this at times?

Or do you feel God loves you right at this very moment?   The way a mother loves her baby?

If you know deep in your heart that God loves you – praise God!  And the natural reaction to God’s love is to love Him back with all of our heart, with all of our being, with all of our strength and with all of our mind.  It’s not “work” to love Him back.  It’s the reflex nature of our human hearts to love back when we are loved.  And this love overflows to others.  Our God is a God of relationships.

If the answer is “no” or “maybe” – that answer is simply untrue.  Because the Bible never lies.  And here’s the reality based on His word …

God IS love. (1 John 4:8)

And because He IS love – He cannot deny himself from loving us.

And we are His babies.  His children.  For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

So the next time you feel God is aloof and distant…

The next time you wonder if anybody cares…

The next time you feel depressed or lonely…

The next time you feel underappreciated by your loved ones or co-workers…

The next time you feel frustrated or angry…

The next time you feel you’re not in control of a tantrum or a situation…

The next time you feel you’re tired because of unending chores…

The next time you feel you’ve lost yourself in your children …

The next time you have doubts about your future…

Just think of the first time you held your baby in your arms.  Think of how that felt.  That first skin to skin contact.  That feeling of peace.  The wonder and amazement in this child.  Remember the love flowing through you towards the baby in your arms.  Remember the tears that flowed down your cheeks because of this overwhelming joy in your heart.

And imagine … you’re the baby and you’re being held in God’s arms.  And multiply that feeling by thousands of times.

And in the stillness of this moment … listen to His voice as He says, “My precious child, I love you.  I love you with my whole heart, with my whole being, with my whole mind and with my whole strength.”

That’s how much God loves us.

And He loves us just the same even when we’ve grown into adulthood.

And you’re never alone.  God is always right beside us.  Because He’s crazy in love with us.

Why do we love babies so much?

Why does God love us so much?

It’s a mystery.

And sometimes, we don’t need to fully understand.  Sometimes, we just need to have faith and accept the truth.

And receive His love.

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Photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net
Photo courtesy of Ambro at freedigitalphotos.net

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “Why Do We Love Babies?

  1. Knock and call HIM, HE’s always ready to answer your prayer. The love that GOD’s bestowed on us humans have an eternal belonging altogether. That’s why, faith has its own way of defining the love for HIM. HE created us and it depends on us to decide for our own life. Fernando Lachica

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  2. Babies are the most beautiful creature of art,innocent soul.It’s really not possible to stay away without loving them 🙂

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  3. Babies are indeed cute. Its also true that babies are also a great responsibility. Whether the baby grows up to be a lovable adult or not depends much on the one who is raising!

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    1. That is so true, Bhushavali! No matter what happens though, God still loves us even though we sin. And it’s that love that makes us come back to Him. 🙂

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  4. We are all God’s babies. We will always be His babies. He will never forsake us. God always has a reason for every experience we have, good or bad.

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  5. we love babies just like how we love puppies, kittens, ponies and all kinds of wildlife when they are young. Because they represent the beginning of life, when everything is clean and beautiful!

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    1. Hi Tiffany! That is such a good perspective. That is why it’s sometimes hard to comprehend God’s love. Because even when we fall down, He’s still there to love us and lift us up. Just like in the story of the Prodigal Son. 🙂

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  6. Apart from their adorable faces, I think I am more drawn to their innocence and purity. I realized that because I had a special brother who passed away last year. He’s tall and a large man, definitely an adult by physique. But his mind and disposition is like ay and we all love him. Even when he makes mistakes or when he has his tantrums we are very patient with him. That’s how I realized how God is with us, yet, He still loves us because all He sees in us is our purity and innocence.

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    1. Hi Claire. I’m sorry to hear about your brother. Will pray for Him. I agree. God still sees the goodness in us. Because we are made in His image and likeness. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

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  7. Yup, God will always love us just like how we would to our own babies, our own children, no matter what they have done. The love stays the same.

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  8. Well, maybe because of their cuteness overload as to why we love babies. On the other hand, I believe that they are one of the reasons why life is much more exciting to live with – you have enough reasons to stay happy and be loved and to love in return.

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    1. Thank you, Zwitsy! I agree we have enough reasons to be happy. Having a grateful heart opens the door to happiness. And I believe that no matter what, we shall always remain lovable because man is basically good.

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