Monday, January 14, 2019

Remind Myself Of What And How God Thinks of Me

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

Today’s verse is Isaiah 54:10. In it I read, “For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on me.”

God had made a covenant with Noah in the past that he has never broken. Likewise, God made a covenant of peace with the people of Israel that the time would come when he would stop pouring out his anger on them; he would restore their wealth, and would personally teach their children and he will do the same for me.

If I’m not feeling loved by God, I’m going to have a hard time offering love to anybody else. It is impossible to be loving 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. But remembering God’s love is what removes my fears.

I’m reminded of four things God thinks about me that will help me remember why and how to love.

First, I’m completely accepted. I spend a lot of time trying to earn acceptance from 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 me 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.

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

Third, I’m totally forgiven. Because Jesus died on the cross and gave his life as a payment for my sins, I’m totally forgiven when I accepted the gift of forgiveness from God. 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.

Lastly, I’m considered extremely valuable. There are two things that create value: who the owner is and what somebody’s willing to pay for it.

I’m 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 love to others and build deeper relationships.

Bottom Line:
For the mountains may depart and the hills disappear, but my kindness shall not leave you. My promise of peace for you will never be broken, says the Lord who has mercy upon us.

What this means to me:
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.

In summary, God's faithful love for me will always remain. His covenant of blessing will never be broken. If I'm not feeling loved, I'll have a hard time offering love to others. I need to remind myself every day what God truly things of me. First I need to keep in mind that I'm completely accepted because Jesus made me acceptable. Secondly I'm unconditionally loved. He says that he loves me period. His love is not based on what I do, but on who he is. Thirdly I'm totally forgive, because Jesus died on the cross and give his life as a payment for my sins. Lastly I'm considered extremely valuable because of who he is and what he was willing to pay for me. He paid for me by Christ. That how valuable I am. When I remember that I'm accepted, loved, forgiven and valuable to my creator, then I'll be better equipped to show that love to others

This morning I thank you Father for your love for me, your blessings. These are not things that I have done or could ever do. They are based on you and your unfailing love for me. I pray this morning for your wisdom and guidance in what I do, how I lead and how I interact with those around me. I pray these things through your Son Jesus name, amen!

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