How often do you really think about how much God loves you? Other than when I’m encountering the salvation message, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” I really don’t think about it much. Most of the time I just take it for granted. I think about loving God, being a spiritual Christian, and being led by God’s spirit quite often; but rarely do I meditate on and put into perspective just how important I am (and you are) to the Lord.
God loves me so much (and when I use the word “me,” I mean you too) that he dedicated a portion of his Son’s life, Jesus, to be a redemption for me, so that I would forever have fellowship with Him, even after I’m long gone from the Earth. He loves me so much that He left me hundred’s of promises, that if I would embrace them, they would profoundly change my life and increase my level of joy, peace, fulfillment, and prosperity.
He tells me throughout the word of God that He is always with me, that He will never leave or forsake me, and that He will meet every last one of my needs AND give me the desires of my heart. He loves me more than I love my own self because when I am hard on myself and want to put myself down, He says let go and let me help you, bring all your cares and burdens to me, I’ll take them for you, and I’ll give you rest.
When I begin to worry, God asks me, “Why are you worrying?” all is well, I have everything under control. When I allow doubt and unbelief to create a wedge between my dreams and goals, He says, don’t have faith in anything other than me, keep your eyes on me, I am all you need. I will keep you afloat.
The Bible says that “perfect love casts out fear,” maybe fear rises in my heart because I forget just how much I am loved by God and that nothing can separate me from His love, nothing internal like my shortcomings, my problems, my wrongdoings, or even external like other people, evil spirits, or tragedy.
I want to spend more time meditating on how much God really loves me. He loves ME! HE loves me. He LOVES me! And He loves me just the way I am. He never tries to force me to change, instead he says, let me in and I’ll make all the changes needed in a gentle and perfect way.
The scriptures say that in the midst of my wrongdoing and sin, God sent His Son. He didn’t send Jesus because I am so good or worthy or because I have some great gift or talent. His only motivation was love. He loved me, and still loves me, in spite of all that I am not. How liberating is that? And He will never stop loving me either, even if I NEVER get it together. But maybe by me knowing He loves me so much and that He will never give up on me, I can begin to tear down the walls that I have created that limit His love from pouring, instead of trickling, through and experiencing His love in perfection.
Maybe as I accept more of God’s love for me, I can be a little more tolerant of myself and others. Maybe, as I let more of God’s perfect love fill my heart, mind, and body, I can find more peace and contentment right where I am at this moment and stop striving or working so hard to earn His love as well as the love of others. Perhaps, as I embrace more of God’s love I will see and love others more fully through Him.
My Prayer Affirmation:
Today, I open my heart to receiving more of God’s love in me, letting it penetrate to my very core and every fiber of my being, erasing all impurities, casting out all fear, soothing away every care, and opening my heart to greater trust and dependency. Maybe this is what I’ve been missing all along, the realization that I am loved not for what I can be, but for who I am already. That’s the love I want today and everyday for the rest of my life.