“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…”, John 3:16, “for God so loved the world”….these are things we are taught from a young age about how God loves us, but do we really believe that He loves us?

For a lot of years I did not let the reality of God’s love sink into my heart. I kept it at a distance thinking  that it is for the “good people”, not me. But, Paul gives us the truth in Romans 8:38-39 when he says, 

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This means that God loves me when I am doing everything right….praying, Bible study, teaching my kids, being a positive influence and example, and any other thing that we would deem as good and “righteous”. BUT, God also loves me when I mess up, when I yell at my kids, don’t spend as much time in prayer as I should, neglect my Bible study, don’t stand up for what I believe in, and the list goes on. We never reach perfection but not being perfect doesn’t make God love us any less.

I used to think that when something bad happened or things were really tough that God was punishing me because I couldn’t live up to His expectation, or that these things were happening in my life because God did not love me. Boy, was I wrong.  I mean, yes, our choices and disobedience gets us into a world of trouble most of the time but it is not because God doesn’t love us. He does love us enough to let us get taught a lesson. Just like we have to let our own children learn from their choices sometimes. God could fix everything for us, but would we learn anything or just keep walking around that same mountain, going through the same trials? Believe me, I have been there, too!

Thankfully, “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Believe that He loves you today, and that His love is unconditional!

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