I Am Loved


"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other....We love each other because he loved us first." - 1 John 4:9-11, 19
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.“ - Colossians 3:12-15

I am ever amazed and grateful for the many ways God demonstrates His love to us. During a couple of days away writing, I began to make a list of them. I want to share them with you. I pray that you’ll be blessed as you are reminded of His great love.

God does not change. "I the Lord do not change” Malachi 3:6.

God reminds us in the book of Malachi that His love is always sure. Seasons change, people change, the Church is changing, and the world is changing, but God never changes. We can rely on Him. His grace, His strength, and His love are steadfast.

God is faithful. God is not moody or fickle. People can be. People can love you for a while and then they don’t. But God is not like that. He sticks with you.

Whenever He asks us to obey Him, He also provides everything we need. In 1st Thessalonians 5:23-24 we hear Paul tell us, “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. “

God is our protector. He is our shield. God is always there. As our Psalmist writes, “So our hope is in the Lord. He is our help, our shield to protect us.” - Psalm 33:20

It is so comforting to know that everything that comes our way has to go through “the shield about us” before it ever touches us.

God is always thinking about us. “How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many thoughts turn towards me.” - Psalm 139: 17.

This is one of the most powerful blessings of God. When you think about it--there are nearly 7 billion people on this planet and God still thinks of you and me constantly. He is able to give us His undivided attention.

God is always with you. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5. He is never too busy for us. He never goes away, takes breaks, or goes on vacation. When we are in trouble and think we are going under, we can be our strength and encouragement because, “There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.” - Deuteronomy 33:26-27a

God has shown us love through thick and the thin. Thank Him for his faithfulness, for His protection and for never giving up on us. He wants you to love, because He first loved you.

Lord, we are so grateful for the many ways you show your love to us. Thank you, thank you, for loving and caring for us so much. Help us to love You more. Amen.
Feb 10 2019