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Thursday, February 22, 2018

God’s Unfailing Love for Me

In review of Isaiah 54:10 it says, “The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end” (54:10 GNT).

Bottom Line:
Even with the destruction of things around you, God’s love will never end.

What this means to me:
Everything around me may be destroyed, but God’s love for me will never end.

Just as God swore in the time of Noah, that he would never again let a flood cover the earth, so he swears now that he will never again be angry and punish me. For the mountains may move and the hills may disappear, but even then God's faithful love for me will remain. His covenant of blessing will never be broken, he has mercy on me.

As I read this passage, I'm reminded of how God had made a covenant with Noah that he has never broken. Likewise, God made a covenant of peace with the people of Israel that a time would come when he would stop pouring out his anger on them; he would restore their wealth, and would personally teach their children.

What I’m learning is that, if I’m not feeling loved by God, it will be hard to offer love to anybody else. It is impossible to be a truly loving person unless I understand and remember the way God loves me.

I need to remind myself every day what God thinks about me, not what the world thinks or what I think about myself. This is what will remove my fear.

Here are four things God thinks about me. This should help to remind me why and how to love.

1. I’m completely accepted.
I can spend a lot of my life trying to earn acceptance from my parents, peers, 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, no matter what I’ve done or will do.

2. 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 54:10 says, “The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end” (GNT).

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

4. I’m considered extremely valuable.
There are two things that create value: who owns something, 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 remember that I’m accepted, loved, forgiven, and valuable to the Creator of the universe, I’ll be better equipped to show that same love to others and build deeper relationships.

This is a great reminder of how much God loves me. He paid an extremely high price for me and thus makes me a valuable asset of his. Knowing this reminds of the essence of the Gospel message that I should be sharing with others who have not yet accepted his free gift. I think one of my big problems is that I continue to focus on myself. I realize that I’ve been looking for assurances from others that I’m doing good. I’m forgetting that all that matters is what God thinks. From that and my daily relationship with him to get his guidance, I will be doing what pleases him and will ultimately bring value to those around me that I serve.