Thursday, July 31, 2014
How Much Does God Love You?
Only God can answer this question. Fortunately, we have a book available where we can find out what God thinks: the Bible.
(What a wonderful thought that is! We can read and know what GOD thinks! Don't let yourself be robbed of this great privilege by being too busy.)
PSALM 103:13 NIV
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
One way we can begin to get an inkling of God's love for us is to know what it is like to have our own children. Psalm 103:13 tells us that the same deep feelings a parent has for their child, are also present in God toward us. The word in this verse means much more than "compassion." It is a very deep feeling -- hard to express in words. This is what God feels for you!
(You may wonder why. I may wonder why God would feel that way about you or me. All I can say is: parents can think their own children are really special, even though others may think they are quite normal!)
Another way we can judge how much God loves us is by what He was willing to go through to redeem us and have us in His family. A lot!
We are familiar with John 3:16, but often being familiar with something keeps us from grasping it as fully and clearly as we should. Think about it: God so loved the dirty, rotten, rebellious world of people -- even those who hated Him -- that He decided to suffer the punishment that justice demanded so they could go free.
God loves you -- no matter who you are -- no matter what you have done. He loves you more than you can imagine or understand.
God loves you more than He loves Himself. That is proven by the fact that He put your interest and your feelings ahead of His own, choosing to suffer so you could go free.
How can anyone not love and worship such a Being as our wonderful God?
SAY THIS: God loves me. God loves me. God loves me.
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