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valentine-i-have-loved-youGod loves you!

You’ve heard it countless times. Maybe the first time was when your parents whispered it in your tiny newborn ear. Maybe you sat with a grandparent who assured you of God’s love and theirs. Maybe it was after you made a life-changing mess of your life and a friend reminded you of God’s unchanging love for you. Maybe it was a teacher, or pastor, or colleague, or a stranger.

We’ve heard the words often. So often they fail to get noticed or get drowned out by countless distractions. And of course our never-ending obsession with self is a major problem.

Still – God loves you (and me)!

I spent the first two days this week focused on God’s love. Quotes and verses rich with the reminders of His perfect, unfailing, unconditional, forgiving love.

And do you know what happened? They were two of my least read posts in recent weeks.

Why? I think it’s because….

1.We take the words “God loves you” for granted and their truth no longer touches us.

2. We’ve been hurt by people who said “God loves you,” and claimed God’s love themselves.

3. We doubt God’s love because the state of the world, our families, and our personal lives are a mess.

And these things rob us of our gratitude.

Something the Lord laid on my heart:

What if every member of your family, from the youngest to the oldest, was diagnosed with a terminal illness which promised to take their lives in the near future. No cure. No hope.

But then a benefactor offers you the cure you so desperately need.

And you have more time. Precious time.

How would you show your gratitude?

We are each terminally ill from sin. And on our own we are without a cure and without hope.

But God who loves you (and me) offers us the cure we so desperately need.

And we have time. Not just more time. Forever time.

God’s cure – the sacrificial death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, present at creation, at the fall, and at the promise.

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Romans 5:8

Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, He was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time. 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

So . . . stop.

Hear the words like you’re hearing them for the first time.

God loves you. 

He really loves you.

I can’t wait to talk about what it means not only for our eternal futures, but for each day of our lives.

But today, just repeat “God loves me” again and again and again.

And pray, “Thank you, Father! I need You. I need Jesus. Forgive me. I believe, help my unbelief. I need to feel Your love and Your presence. Amen.”

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