Do you know deep down in your soul that God loves you? I hope so. Because that’s the truth. No matter what you’ve done or left undone, God’s love does not waver. It’s not about you, it’s about who God is. What a relief!
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-11, NIV,*)
With the words of David G. Benner “What a different relationship begins to develop when you realize that God is head-over-heels in love with you. God is simply giddy about you. He just can’t help loving you. And he loves you deeply, recklessly and extravagantly-just as you are.”
Think about it. God is head-over-heels in love with you. You are deeply loved and cherished. When you realize this, you’re starting to open up for God in a new way. You want to know more of him who loves you so extravagantly.
God loves you
Then, slowly, you start to respond to him. If he loves you this much, maybe you could love him back as recklessly as he does love you? The more you bask in his love, the more you learn to love him. Soon you realize there’s nowhere else you rather live than in his love and you start doing just that.
This is wonderful but even that’s not the end of the story. In some ways’ it’s the beginning of your story. Henry Blackaby guides us this way “If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it.”
When you’ve learned to live in God’s love, you learn to listen to him and follow his guidance. And as Henry Blackaby said, you do not observe, discuss or debate it. You obey it. This might take some time to get used to it. Well, it takes a lifetime. But let me tell you, it is the most wonderful way of life.
Your love is so extravagant for us.
We are not worthy of your love and yet you love us deeply and without measure.
We are starting to learn what it feels to be loved by you,
it feels so wonderful.
We love you too, Lord!
Open our eyes to see and ears to hear your guidance.
Enable us to obey you without hesitation and love others as you love us.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you know God loves you? How does it change you and how you live?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to live in God’s love and pass it on to others!