God Loves You Despite Everything
Just recently I made a huge mistake and sinned against God. I have been devastated and have held on to this feeling of utter remorse. Just kind of beating myself up. Though I know better, I still beat myself up for failing again. I had thought I was past this particular failing, but I did not stay diligent with my thoughts. It caused me to stumble into sin.
As a young Christian, my first thought after I had done something wrong, was that the Lord could not possibly forgive me or love my imperfect self. Or sometimes I would literally lie on the bed in fear waiting for God to strike me with lightning! As an adult, I still find myself touching on those old thoughts, briefly, on my way to the foot of God’s throne. I know that grace and mercy lives there for me.
So how about you? Do you feel somewhere inside of you that you are not good enough to receive God’s love? Maybe you believe that your sins are so horrible that the Lord does not really forgive you. 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins God is Faithful and Just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Our Father forgives.
How Do You Know That He Loves You?
When one man sinned in the Garden of Eden, all men were made to pay the price! It was a harsh penalty, but it was just. It broke the Master’s heart that He could no longer walk hand in hand in the evenings with His creation. Man was eternally separated from Him! But He had a plan that would redeem humanity back to Himself through the sacrifice of His only Son Jesus!
Jesus was despised and rejected by men. He was arrested beaten and hung on a cross. So that He could become sin for us. That sin was crucified on the cross. It was a horrible death. Nails were hammered in his hands and feet, pierced in his side, and a crown of thorns placed on his head. Jesus died for the world, but he would have died even if it was just for you.
That’s how much #God loves you and me. If you want to really know how much He loves you, seek Him through prayer and His word. You will begin to draw so much closer through consistent intimate time with Him.
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