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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Remembering How Gods Thinks About Me

In review of Isaiah 54:10 it says, “The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end. I will keep forever my promise of peace. So says the Lord who loves you.”

Bottom Line:
The mountains may crumble and disappear, but God’s love for you can never be lost. He keeps forever his promise of peace for you, the Lord has mercy on you.

What this means to me:
God has given his promise and commitment that he will never lose me or stop loving me. Even when the earth falls apart (the mountains crumble and disappear), he will have mercy on me. His love can never be lost.

Today’s verse comes as the prophet Isaiah is illustrating to the people of Israel how God will accept them, even after their rebellion. He shows how much God loves them and will never stop loving them.

Feeling loved helps me to love others, and today’s verse reminds me just how much God loves me. It’s more difficult to be loving unless I can fully understand and remember the way God loves me.

So this is something that is worth reminding myself of every day. Its truly what God thinks about me and not what the world thinks or even what I think about myself. Remembering how God thinks of me helps to remove many of my fears.

Here are four specific things God thinks about me:

First, I’m completely accepted. I can spend much of my life trying to earn acceptance from others; those I respect, those I envy, and even total strangers. But I need to realize God has already settled this issue of acceptance: “Jesus … made us acceptable to God” (Titus 3:7 CEV). What Jesus did on the cross made me completely acceptable to God; regardless of what I've done or will do.

Second, I’m unconditionally loved. God doesn't say, “I love you if …” or “ I love you because …” He says, “I love you, period!” I can’t make God stop loving me, because his love is not based on what I do but on who he is. Isaiah 54:10a says, “The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end. I will keep forever my promise of peace. So says the Lord who loves you.” (GNT).

Thirdly, I’m totally forgiven.
Because Jesus died on the cross and gave his life as a payment for my sins, I am totally forgiven. Romans 8:1 says, “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus” (NLT). God doesn’t rehearse your sins; he releases them.

Lastly, I’m considered extremely valuable. There are two things that create value: who owns it, and what somebody’s willing to pay for it. I am a child of God and “have been bought and paid for by Christ” (1 Corinthians 7:23 TLB). Jesus Christ paid for me with his life. That’s how valuable I am.

When I can remember how I’m accepted, loved, forgiven, and valuable to the Creator of the universe, I’ll be better equipped to show that love to others and build deeper relationships and make a lasting difference.

I have to admit that I don’t always have a high opinion of myself. I can easily get caught up in being disappointed thinking about how I blow it or how I don’t think I measure up. Remembering that God places a high value on my no matter what should really help me in combating these feelings. Given the unconditional love that God shows me, I need to show those who are part of my life the same unconditional love and acceptance that God has for me. Today I need to illustrate how valuable they are to me by the way I treat and interact with them.