Years ago, I cuddled my one-year-old granddaughter. Looking into her sweet little face, I said, “Emma, do you know how much I love you?” Immediately, I sensed my heavenly Father asking me the same question.
“Sheryl, do you know how much I love you?”
I don’t remember if I stopped to ponder my heavenly Father’s grand question that day, but I’m sure I didn’t fully grasp the love He has for me.
What about you? Do you know how much God loves you?
If you’re like me, you’ve done some pretty terrible things. And because of our poor choices, our relationships have suffered. We feel insecure. We wonder why anyone would love us. Especially God.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could take God at His Word and believe, absolutely believe, that He loves us? In spite of who we are and what we’ve done?
How would this truth transform us? How would it change the way we see ourselves in the mirror? When we consider our life’s ambitions, how would our goals look when illuminated with His love? And what about our relationships? Would we begin to invest more time in others? Forgive easier and sooner? Would we finally be able to forgive ourselves?
Believing God loves us could change the way we live in the new year. But how can we know, without a doubt, He really does love us, rebelliously flawed as we are?
Listen to God’s own words:
But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 AMP)
If this verse is familiar to you, you may miss the beauty of its message. Take a moment and read it again, personalizing it and emphasizing each word:
“But God clearly shows and proves His own love for me, (your name), by the fact that while I was still a sinner, Christ died for me.”
So I’ll ask you again. Do you know how much God loves you? Perhaps the more we think on this week’s verse, the more we’ll begin to understand how much he truly does.
What about you?
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- Do you know, absolutely know, how much God loves you?
- How would that revelation change you? Change your relationships? Your life?
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