by The Mad Preacher, Rod Davis
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1 NIV)
I’m not certain why I’m saying this to you. Maybe it’s that God feels you need to be reminded of something. It’s a singularly wonderful and liberating truth. God loves you, my friend. He loves you with an eternal, unchanging, passionate, unfailing love. If you’re a follower of Jesus I’m sure that you know this by now, however, we’re human and we need to be reminded from time to time. Therefore, I’m praying that God will remind you of just how lovely you are in His eyes. I pray that God will comfort your heart and help you to, once and for all, arrive at this established truth.
Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. (Psalms 48:9 NIV)
I am so convinced of the sincerity and the scope of God’s love for you that I’ve come to this astounding conclusion; God’s love for you is so pure, so intense that if you were the only person who ever lived God would still have come to this earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He still would have somehow climbed up on that splintery cross and endure the wounds in His hands, feet and side. Then he would bleed and die for you. That’s the Master’s awesome love for you!
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 NIV)
Paul was saying not only is God’s love for you eternal and all sufficient, it’s also steadfast and dependable. No matter what you may do in life—be it good or even bad—God’s love for you will remain unchanged and unending. It would remain alive and passionate. Furthermore, his love for you never cools down with the passing of time, as often happens is with the love of people. God’s passion for you continually burns brighter than the sun deep in the recesses of God’s loving heart―24/7.
Its flames are unquenchable even during those times when your love for him seems less than fervent, during those times when you don’t feel so loving. God’s love for you remains constant during the good times and even during the bad times. It doesn’t change. It doesn’t end. His love for you will always remain alive and powerful. It’s there for you when you’re at your best, and, praise God, it watches over you when you’re at your worst.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)
God’s love is the driving force behind everything he does for you. It’s the sustaining factor that knits your heart to God’s heart and causes him to unswervingly stand by your side, no matter what the world may dish out or how many times you may fall. And I just wanted to remind you of that… just in case you’ve forgotten.
Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. (Psalms 31:21 NIV)
Well like I said you probabl
y already know this. Yet, perhaps you’re like the rest of us. We all need a little reminder from time to time of just how much God adores us.
How precious is your loving kindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the s
hadow of your wings.(Psalms 36:7 NIV)
I am loved, I am loved, I can risk loving you,
For the one who knows me best loves me most.
I am loved, you are loved, won’t you please take my hand?
We are free to love each other, we are loved.
I said, “If you knew, you wouldn’t want me;
My scars are hidden by the face I wear.”
He said, “My child, my scars go deeper;
It was love for you that put them there.”*
*I Am Loved Performed by: Bill And Gloria Gaither – Composed by: William J. Gaither, Gloria Gaither and Don Wyrtzen – © 1978