Here is the most amazing truth that I know: God loves you!
Take moment and reflect on the reality that the Creator of the universe desires to have a relationship with you.
Not only does God love you, but He is willing to do whatever it takes to be in relationship with you. We can be confident of this fact because of the life and death of Jesus.
I know for some people the truth of God's love seems too good to be true. They don’t “feel” God’s love in their lives. Instead their lives are full of hassles and problems. In their minds, the presence of difficulties are evidence that God's doesn't exist.
I wish I could help them see that this is not true!
God loves us, and His love is all around us.
Now you may wonder how I can write about God’s love as if it were right out there within our reach.
That is because it is.
Rebecca St. James once wrote, “I really believe so many times God ‘calls out’ to us through everyday things and through His creation, and yet we don’t hear because we’re too busy or distracted.”
God’s love is seen in many different ways, but too often we miss it.
We miss it because we are either looking for something that God’s love isn’t, like a perpetual warm fuzzy, or the realities of everyday life have distracted us from what God is doing in our lives.
Remember: Just because you don’t “feel” loved by God doesn’t mean that God’s love for you isn’t real.
I know God’s love exists and I know that He loves me.
The evidence of God's love for me is found in the love of my family and friends.
I have found proof of God’s love for me through times of prayer, worship, and meditation.
God’s love has been revealed to me in the peace and confidence that I have in my life.
I can see God’s love everyday as I walk among His creation and marvel at what He has done.
All of this pales in the light of the great revelation of God’s love: Jesus.
Remember the apostle Paul's words from the book of Romans:
When were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8; NLT)
You know why Jesus’ death is the great demonstration of God’s love?
- God is under no obligation to save us. There is no force outside of God that dictates that He has to save human beings. To save His creation is God’s choice. He saves us because of His character. It is God's mercy, grace, and love that compels Him to save us rather than condemn us.
- God doesn’t need us. Humans do not fill some need God has for companionship. God, being three in one, has all the companionship that He needs. It is His faithfulness to creation and His desire for us to experience true life that moves God save us. His love is totally unconditional. His love is not based on who we are or want we have done for Him, but based on His desire for people to experience what is best.
- God experienced pain. This flows from the previous two. Saving us was not something God had to do, but it is something He chose to do. That choice involved a great cost. Our salvation involved real pain. Pain that exceeded the physical pain of crucifixion. It appears that as Jesus took on our sins, he was separated from God. We will never fully understand the love it took for Jesus to go to the cross.
Does God love you?
He loves you more than you can imagine.
It is experienced everyday we walk with God. It is seen in creation, in our families and friends, and in circumstances as we surrender to God's will.
But that is the key.
If you are missing out on God’s love it is time to surrender your life to Him.
When you love someone you have the hope that they will respond to your love.
Rejected love is always painful.
The same is true for God.
God loves you, but for you to fully experience that love you need to surrender to Him.
We don't experience all the love another person has for us until we enter into a relationship with him. This also applies to God. To fully experience the love of God we have to enter into a relationship with Him. We do that by surrendering our lives to Him.
I realize that this is hard to do. We don't want to give up control of our lives or be committed to the will of another person, but that is what is required of all lasting relationships. Love will always move us to care more and more for the other person, which will cause us to sacrifice on their behalf.
The most amazing truth in the universe is that the Creator of the universe loves you.
When we grasp that reality, how can we not seek to love Him back?
God loves us.
His love is all around us, calling us to accept Him as our Father and Lord.
You can choose to see God’s love or you can choose to ignore it.
You have the choice to either reject or accept His love.
The choice is yours.
I urge you to accept this amazing truth and make the choice to love.
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