Ever wonder how God feels about you? You don’t have to wonder!
I have spent a lot of my life wondering how God feels about me.
Is He mad at me? Disappointed? Maybe even disgusted?
I mean, who could blame Him, right?
I’ve always heard that He loves me. From the time I was a little kid singing “Jesus Loves Me”.
But really believing that He does is another thing entirely.
I am getting there…but I am not there yet. I often pray as the man did in Mark 9:24. Jesus had told him that all things are possible, if you believe. So the man responded: “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
If all things are possible, surely that means it is possible that God loves us passionately.
But it is so much more than possible. It is TRUTH.
If we could only grasp this one thing, we would never be the same.
JESUS LOVES ME.
How do we know? Just as the song says, the Bible tells us so!
We can know for sure, because of the character and the actions of God.
Numbers 23:19 says that “God is not a man, that He should lie”. God is incapable of lying, ya’ll!
Titus 1:1-2 says “Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
See, God already had a plan, before time began. He knew He would create us. And He knew we would fall.
He also knew that our fall would not be the end of the story. He had a plan in place to pick us back up. Even after the willful disobedience of Adam and Eve that brought sin into the world and set the whole ugly cycle of sin and death into motion.
We were not intended to die. We were created for eternity.
Let this sink in for a minute. God wants to spend time with us. And not just a little bit of time. He wants eternity.
Like Adam and Eve, we all have free will. We all have choices. He wants us to choose to give Him a place in our lives while we live on Earth by talking to Him in prayer and getting to know Him better through His Word, the Bible.
But He also wants to welcome us home to Heaven when our time on Earth is finished.
Don’t we all enjoy spending time with the people we love the most? So does God. Don’t we all love to hear from our children? So does God.
Zephaniah 3:17 tells us “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful song.”
I don’t know about you, but for me, this paints a picture of Father God… Daddy…Abba…Papa… singing me a lullaby. Such tenderness.
Solid proof of His love right there. But if that’s not convincing enough, He went to great lengths to show us His love when He devised a way to save us.
The plan was perfect. But it was painful. For God.
God is Holy and perfect, and just as He cannot lie, He also cannot look upon sin, or have any part of it.
We are sinful. All of us. Before we are sinful through action, we are sinful just by being born human.
So God chose to leave the splendor of Heaven to become human. The eternal, invincible God of the Universe put on flesh and entered the body of an humble peasant girl, to be born into a world filled with sin, pain, suffering and death.
Enter Jesus. God in human flesh. Born to die for our sin.
He lived a perfect life, died a cruel death, wrestled and defeated death, Hell and the grave and rose from the dead three days later.
God the Father had to turn His back on Jesus when our sin was placed on Him. Painful for the Father. Painful for the Son.
But the best thing EVER for us!
If that isn’t love, what is?
We could never earn God’s love. Even if we spent our whole lives trying. There is nothing we could do on our own to deserve to be at peace with Him. Nothing that would give us the hope of Heaven.
But the good news is, we don’t have to do anything to have this peace, or to spend eternity in Heaven. Jesus did the hard part when He took our sins upon Himself.
All we have to do is to accept the free gift of Salvation that He offers.
The simplicity of it all is what trips some people up.
It is simple. But it is profound.
To receive salvation and right standing with God, all you have to do is:
- Admit you are a sinner in need of salvation. (Remember, there is nothing good enough you can do to earn it, and nothing bad enough you can do to disqualify yourself.)
- Believe that Jesus is Who He said He is. God in flesh who came to Earth to take your sins. Believe that He died for you, and that He defeated sin and was raised to life again on the third day. Ask Him to forgive your sins and invite Him into your heart to be your Savior. The words you use are not all that important. He understands your heart. If you want Him to be your Savior, all you have to do is ask Him.
- Confess that Jesus is Lord. With your words, tell others what Jesus has done for you. Claim Him as He claimed you.
That is all it takes.
Baptism is one of the ways we tell the world that we have decided to follow Jesus. Baptism is not what saves you, but it is the next step once you have been saved. Through Baptism, you are following the example of Jesus in Matthew 3.)
Jesus loves me. Hopefully, I am growing in this heart knowledge every day.
I believe it! I really do! But I understand that I don’t really know the half of it. The more I “get it” the more I love Him back!
In a world where not much is sure and certain, know this. GOD LOVES YOU! Even if you have yet to accept Jesus as your Savior, He is waiting with open arms. Nothing could please Him more!
He loves us so fiercely. So passionately. So powerfully. Even the unlovely parts. Every detail.
If you already know Him as your Savior and Lord, here is a verse of reassurance that I love.
Psalm 37:23-25 says “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned, or their children begging for bread.”
He is faithful. And He loves you so much. Let this knowledge infiltrate every corner of your heart and mind. And you will never be the same.