We Are Loved!

Psalm

How exciting that we are closing out the first week of our “You Are Loved” study. I hope that you have been blessed so far.

The topic of God’s love is so very important and so large that we can spend the rest of our lives studying it and still not understand it all.

Many have a hard time believing that God truly loves and accepts us no matter what.  While we don’t fully realize the depths and heinousness of our sins, we do get glimpses of it and those glimpses make us realize that we don’t deserve God’s love.

Over and over again we try to work for God’s favor. We want to earn his love. We want to be worthy of it. I have found that there are three common ways we often try to earn God’s love.

1. Prayer

Prayer, which should be the cry of a heart in need and the expression of love to our Heavenly Father, often becomes the ground on which we try to stand before God. Some of us are tempted to think, “If I pray enough–hard enough, frequently enough, sincerely enough–then God will take me seriously.”

2. Bible reading

Some get the feeling that God is frowning on them because they have not been reading their Bibles as regularly as they think they should. While it is true that our affection for God is often kindled through the reading of his word, it is not true that his affection for us increases when we read.

3. Good Works

Others think that the better they obey, the more good works they put out there, the more God will be pleased with them. So we may feel like we need to do more volunteer work, or be really kind to our families, in order for God to smile upon us.

We must repent from all of these things because they are an insult to the love that God has for us. He has promised that, as one of his children, his love for us will be never ending and we must believe this by faith. Paul tells us that there is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

“We are a part of the family of God—and so we belong with him. There is no special ticket, no need to earn or prove ourselves. For better or worse, we have His name, His love, His loyalty, His acceptance.”

Sally Clarkson

How can we begin to grasp God’s love? We must look to Jesus. Christ lived and died for you! He shed his blood so that instead of experiencing the eternal wrath of God you can experience the eternal love of God. A love that is completely unconditional. Unconditional means that there are no conditions that we must first meet in order to be worthy of this amazing love. Christ did it all for us. We do not need to work for it and we cannot lose it.

 

Is it a small thing in your eyes to be loved by God – to be the son, the spouse, the love, the delight of the King of glory? Christian, believe this, and think about it: you will be eternally embraced in the arms of the love which was from everlasting, and will extend to everlasting – of the love which brought the Son of God’s love from heaven to earth, from earth to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to glory – that love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spat upon, crucified, pierced – which fasted, prayed, taught, healed, wept, sweated, bled, died. That love will eternally embrace you.

Richard Baxter

Looking To Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this, Jen! What an encouraging and humbling reminder that there is nothing we can do, good or bad, to change God’s love for us. It is my prayer that I would be able to show the same grace, patience and unconditional love for others that He shows for me.

    Thank you, ladies, for another wonderful study! :)

    ~Kim

  2. Denise M says:

    I read this yesterday on Ann Voskamp’s blog: ” Spiritual disciplines are not about getting God to love you — but about getting your heart in a place so you can hear Him say it.”

    • Denise,

      I love that, yes getting our hearts in a place where can hear Him!
      Thank you for sharing.

      Blessings,
      Martha ‘Leadership Encourager’

  3. Thank you for this blog post today. I still struggle with performance. This study is helping me to clear away that clutter and re-think. I want to understand this not just with my head but let it sink deep into my soul where it can never be taken out. I want this truth to be grasped: God’s love is always unconditional…..just like you stated. Thank you for this book and this OBS.

    • Sharon,
      Thank you so much for joining us and sharing about your struggle. God does love you just as you are!
      Blessings,
      Martha ‘Leadership Encourager’

  4. Beautifully said. Thank you.

  5. Blessings Jen and thanks for this beautifully written “love” post. I too struggle with “performance” to being loved …

    I heard this song and it seems everywhere I turn today I’m hearing “songs of love” perhaps that HE is singing over me (us) (Zeph. 3:17) … but this song (and this album) seems to be meant for “You Are Loved” … and though it captures others that need to be loved … the chorus rings true for each of us. Our plea …

    “Love Me” for me … You call me Beloved … Do you hear Him singing over you today?

    Praying this (Ps. 86:15) to Our Lord … You, Lord are compassionate and gracious! Help me to be “slow to anger” like You are, God and abounding in love for myself, others and You first … and faithfulness. For You, O Lord are forever faithful … Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You! Thank You for GMG, the team, the small groups, the translators, Angela and Sally.
    We are so blessed and so loved! Thank You, Lord. I love You!

    • Peggy,
      Thank you very much for sharing and your prayer! So glad you are joining us for this study!
      Blessings,
      Martha ‘Leadership Encourager’

  6. Kayleigh says:

    Exactly what I needed to read today! I often find myself struggling with “performance” and not resting in the fact that God’s love is perfect and does not change for me based on what I do. I am loving this study. I’ve understood the Lord’s love for me on the surface, but this week as I’ve been going through this study I have felt it on a deeper level. It is so helpful to evaluate where in my life I need to let go and trust His love for me. Thank you ladies for your encouragement and words!

    • Kayleigh,
      So glad you are loving the study and we are thrilled you are here with us! Ooh than you for sharing about feeling God’s love on a deeper level. Beautiful!!!

      Blessings,
      Martha ‘Leadership Encourager’

  7. Micheline Beattie says:

    I am just finishing chemo treatments since last Oct. It has been a long haul and the residual side effects I still deal with are difficult. I have continuously looked for positive literature as well as my bible study to pull me through. I am glad for this study and look forward to gain inner strength as I struggle for external strength.

  8. This is something I really struggle with but I have found such comfort since starting this study. One of my goals is to fully grasp that whatever I do, whatever I feel, God loves me unconditionally and abundantly.

    Looking forward to starting week 2! I’m slowly catching up :)

  9. Micheline Beattie says:

    The roadblocks to knowing God have not affected my belief either growing up or now, through good times or bad. I don’t know why because I have had a rather hard life. Or, perhaps, because I’ve had a hard life that the one constant has been God and my Bible readings and studies. Constant prayer throughout each day helps as well. Driving down the road and thanking God for the ability to drive, to have a car, the beautiful sky and emerald green grass. It is a habit I have had since I can remember. So keep working at knowing God always in all ways. Love to all.

    • Michelle, your faith is inspirational. I’m like you in that I know my God is with me always. Prayers for you as you deal with the chemo.
      Meg

  10. Kathy h says:

    Still straggling a few days behind but loving every minute of this study! I am learning to trust God to take care of me. I have had a pretty rough time of it the last seven years and am now dealing with a brain injured husband who can make life very hard………..just wanted to say thank you ladies for this study! You are all such wonderful saints!

    • Kathy,
      May God strengthen you and encourage you and uplift you through this study. May you be doubly blessed.
      Meg

  11. God just wants us to lean on Him and on Him alone. Thank you for this study. It’s getting me through a drought.
    Meg

  12. Soooo needed this post! Thanks!

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