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Always remember God loves you

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Posted: Friday, August 4, 2017 10:25 am

Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

I think most of you know that God loves you. At least you have heard it. Now the key is whether you really, really believe it. Do you? Do you believe as Paul said in Romans chapter 8, that nothing can separate you from God’s love? Do you believe that God loves you unconditionally? I could go on and on.

You know the Greeks were a pretty sharp people. Whereas we say we love pizza, vacation days, a cup of coffee, the nice weather and our family, the Greeks had several different words for love. They broke it down so that the word was not used so generically. I often think that we have cheapened the word and lost the essence of its meaning in our language. But let me tell you that there is nothing generic or cheap about God’s love. And His love for us, as the Bible says, extended to us even before we were born.

If you know anything about the Bible message and the Gospel, you know that God’s love for us did not begin at the cross where Jesus laid down His life for us, but in eternity past. God has always been about love. But, indeed, when Jesus went to the cross because of that love, He demonstrated God’s love for us incredibly. God literally, in Christ, came down to show us that love. It was and is a love beyond description.

God hates sin, make no mistake. And God is a God of judgement, too. Isaiah 54:8 says, “With a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy upon you.” God’s character will not tolerate sin, but He does not tolerate it largely because He knows what it does to us. It estranges us from Him and it destroys us. By dealing with it as He does, He makes every effort to dissuade us from it. He loves us so much He did send Jesus to redeem us, to save us. His judgement and the things He sends into our lives are designed to drive us back to His abounding love. But through it all, it is truly all about His love for us.

His love for us is unchangeable. He knows exactly what we are and loves us anyway. If we fully comprehend that, then we will not only want to please Him but will love others as well. In our society, many go through life feeling unloved, but make no mistake, you are. The great writer of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo said, “The supreme happiness of life is to be loved.” Even if others reject you, rest assured you are loved. The great apostle John said it so very well, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.” 1 John 3:16.

As I said, you are always loved. But I also know probably all of you wonder if you have done something so that God has quit loving you. You have not. Maybe you are going through a tough time and feel God no longer loves you. I want to tell you today, that that is not the case. He may discipline you, but as the Bible says so clearly, “For whom the Lord loves, He disciplines.” Hebrews 12:6.

To not ever discipline your children is not an act of a loving parent. A loving parent will discipline their children to keep them on a path for good things. God is no different. Even in the midst of misery, God loves you. He may be trying to draw you back to Him or correct your course. Perhaps, like with Job, we will never know why certain things happen. Never doubt though, whatever happens, you are loved. David said in Psalm 51:127, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, Thou wilt not despise.”

If you feel unloved, examine your life and see if there is something you need to fix and repent of. If you feel unloved, see if you are just believing that the emotions you feel or the unkindness others mete out to you are just an attack from the devil. God is always going to love you. No sin will stop that; no feeling will negate that. He forgives because He loves. He blesses you because He loves you. He wants good things for you. He loved you before you were born. He loves you now. And He would love for you to establish a close personal relationship with Him. If you haven’t doner that, you need to. If you have but have drifted, then get back to Him. Either way, he will draw you near to His abiding presence. He will, as Zephaniah 3:17 says, “Save you, will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

God loves you. Never doubt or forget it. And once you experience it, you will want to pass it on.

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