By Carolyn Hittenberger
It’s hard to find a quiet place, alone, to intentionally reflect on God’s love. It is easy to just let one day run into another, to complete one project and start another in a ceaseless stream of busyness. After all, we have things to do, places to go, deadlines to meet. In this mode, we risk forgetting that we are in a love relationship with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Sometimes I have difficulty grasping the truth of God’s love for me. Oh, I know He loves the world in general, but it is harder for me to comprehend that He loves me, individually and intimately. His Word declares it.
He loves me with:
A sacrificial love: …Jesus Christ laid down His life for us… 1 Jn. 3:16
A forgiving love: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us… 1 Jn…1:9
An immeasurable love: that you…being rooted and established in love, may have the power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ… Eph. 3:18
An incomprehensible love: …and to know this love that surpasses knowledge….Eph. 3:19
A personal love: …I have chosen you out of this world. Jn. 15:19
An unending love:…I have loved you with an everlasting love…. Jer. 31:3
A perfect love: As for God, His way is perfect…. Ps. 18:30
A powerful love:With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Mat. 19:26
A sustaining love:…who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy…. Jude 24
The Written Word reveals to us the Living Word, and His love for us. There we begin to realize His unconditional love. I don’t have to earn His favor.
- He loves me when I don’t feel loveable or lovely.
- He loves me when I fail Him or question His ways..
- He loves me when I worry or lose patience or feel weak.
- Every moment of every day He loves me.
The story is told of a little girl who came to her pastor after he had preached a Sunday morning message on loving Jesus. She stated, “I’m not sure I love Jesus.” She wanted to, but was worried. Pastor gave her an exercise to do until she would return to church on Wednesday evening. “When your Mommy sends you on an errand, when you walk to school, every time you put your foot on the ground, tell yourself, “Jesus loves me.” She didn’t understand, since she did know Jesus loved her, but she did as he directed. Every time she took a step she repeated, “Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me.” Each time she said it, her love for Jesus grew. Wednesday evening she nearly ran into the church to tell Pastor, “I do love Jesus, I know I do.”
When we become aware of the truth of His love, we begin to love Him more. “We love Him because He first loved us.” Jn. 4:8
How convinced are you of His love for you? Maybe you could try the exercise Pastor gave this little girl. And maybe this would be a good time to look into His Word and renew your love relationship.
Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Office at Global University and also works with University Communications. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.