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Created to be Loved

You and I have the desire to be loved. From Adam and Eve to the end of time every person who has ever lived has this one desire. Not one of us wants to be alone, we all want to have relationships with other people. The problem is that love relationships with other people will not meet the deeper desire of our heart and soul. Even a marriage relationship, the most intimate of human relationships, cannot meet the deepest and most profound desire that we have.

Our desire to be loved will only be met in a love relationship with God. It is for this relationship that God has created us, and we will never be fulfilled apart from that relationship. We have a “God-shaped hole” in our lives that only God can fill.

People, throughout history, have tried to fill this void with different things. Power, sex, money, and drugs are all examples of things stuffed into peoples lives to help them feel complete. How pathetic life is when it is lived without the One who created it! There is nothing on this earth that will fulfill us like God can. When your life feels empty there is only one place to look to find what you need, and that is God.

How do we know God loves us? Henry Blackaby in Experiencing God wrote; “The cross, the death of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection are God’s final, total, and complete expression that He loves us.” The facts of the crucifixion and the resurrection prove, not only that God exists, but that He loves us. The One that has created us and who has power over death loves us! I want you to take a moment and try to comprehend the meaning of that. The most powerful Person in the universe loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you!
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39; NLT)

The Apostle Paul made it clear that God’s love for us is unconditional. There is no person or experience that will separate us from God’s love. The evidence that Paul gives is Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus is the evidence that God loves us. God allowed Jesus to experience the pain and rejection of life. He allowed Jesus to experience the pain of death and the burden of sin. We can be confident, because of what Jesus went through, that God will turn around and reject us and withdraw His love from our lives. God’s love is revealed in Jesus.

As I close this pondering I want to mention one more thing. There is no experience or person that can separate us from God’s love, except one. You can voluntarily separate yourself from God. You can take yourself, by your lack of obedience, to a place that God cannot bless you and reveal His love to you. If you want to experience God’s love in your life you have to obey Him. God will never force His love on anybody. He does not need your love, but God does desire your love.


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