Do you really know how much God loves you? Do you truly understand how special you are to Him? How important your happiness, safety and joy is to Him? Do you understand that His love for you doesn’t depend on what you do, the color of your skin, or on whether or not you’re struggling with sin right now?
But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
A God who knows the very number of hairs on your head, and who knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb, has to be, by all logic, a God who loves you very, very much.
After all, how many people in your life can say that love you enough to know or keep track of the number of hairs on your head, or who loved you and knew you before you were even formed in your mother’s womb?
Well, God loves you that much. And God does not want you suffering from the things you’re suffering from right now – that’s the Devil’s work:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
When the devil first tempted Adam and Eve, his plan was to take over God’s position as the Most High. And ever since he lost that battle, his backup plan has been to keep as many people as possible from accepting eternal life with the Creator, by convincing them that God doesn’t exist, or that if He does exist, He’s a jerk.
Don’t fall prey to those lies, my friends. Don’t reject the most wonderful, perfect, all-encompassing, all-fulfilling love you’ll ever experience just because the people of this world have, through the working of the devil, tainted you and hurt you and destroyed your trust.
God is trustworthy, even if man isn’t. Man will betray you, God won’t. I heard a saying once which gave me the perfect antidote for dealing with untrustworthy humans:
Where man is concerned, expect nothing and be grateful for everything (everything good, that is.)
Where God is concerned, expect everything and be grateful for everything (good).
The human race cannot be trusted, because it is, by nature, fallible and selfish. God, however, is perfect. His love for you will never fail, no matter what you do.
For God so loved the world (read: YOU) that He sent His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
I’ll be you’ve heard John 3:16 before, but have you ever heard John 3:17? Let’s read it again:
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Jesus was sent to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2), but God will never force you to accept that gift, because that’s not the kind of God He is. Salvation is a gift which you can accept or reject. God wants you to accept it, because He wants you have eternal life with Him when you die. He wants to be with you forever and ever. But He’s left the choice between eternal life after death and eternal hell after death up to you.
Whatever you decide, just know that God loves you, just as you are, with all of His great big kind, loving and merciful heart.