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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Looking To Jesus,