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Until we settle within our hearts once and for all that God loves us, we will never live at peace. The good news is that we are all loved by God, no matter what we have done! I’m going to show you this with facts from the Bible! Never doubt God’s love again!
Things that could happen in people’s lives if they don’t believe they are loved:
Results of not believing you are loved by God
You may experience some of these or all of them at one time.
- Give up (They think why even try if God doesn’t love me)
- Try to be good (They think they must try harder)
- Get angry (because they feel rejected)
- Get Down (because they are tired of feeling rejected or tired of trying)
- Avoid God (They figure they’ve done too many bad things)
- No deep love for other people (because they don’t believe they are loved unconditionally by God. You can’t give away what you don’t know.)
- No sense of peace (when we’re not at peace with God in the deepest part of ourselves, nothing else in our lives will be at total peace.)
Four Ways to Know God Loves You
- God created us to love us!
- Ephesians 1:4 "For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight…"
- 1 John 4:8 says that God is Love!
- 1 John 4:19 We love because He first loved us.
- God knows our future actions yet still loves us! We can never disappoint God.
- 1 John 13:38 Jesus tells Peter the future. "Will you really lay down your life for Me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!"
- Romans 8:38 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- The love of God is not initiated by what we’ve done. It is initiated because of who God is.
- 1 John 4:9-10 This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
- Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
- Matthew 10: 29 -31 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
- Luke 15: 11-32 "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." (The son repented) "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate."
- Luke 19:41 "As He (Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it…"
- The Greek verb for wept in this context is klaio. It means to show a loud expression of grief such as crying, wailing, or weeping. Jesus was so heartbroken over all the people who were rejecting Him as Savior that He wholeheartedly cried out. This is the only moment in the Bible that Jesus showed a loud expression of grief. Nothing moves Him more.
- Isaiah 43:25 "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."
- Psalm 103:8 "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."
- Even the things that God tells us to do reveal who He is!
The Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself."
John 13:34 Jesus says "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."
Luke 23:34 Jesus said on the Cross:"Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."
What kind of God loves so deep that when he is in the middle of torment, He still desires to love His tormentors? That’s God’s love. If you would like to start over right now, with a new life knowing God, then pray this simple prayer:
"God I have doubted your love for a long time. I really want to know You. I want to start over right now. Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open my heart to you now. Come and be the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you for rising from the grave, forgiving my sins, and giving me eternal life with you. Amen."
If you said this prayer and it is the desire of your heart, then you are a Christian! Visit our website and click on " Way to Heaven ” for even more knowledge of what just happened in your life. Also, we encourage you to find a good church that believes in the whole truth of the Bible. Continue to grow in your faith and in your relationship with God.
We are so happy for you!
Throughout every day this week, review these Scriptures above. Also, read about the people from the Bible listed below. Through God’s love through these people, we can clearly see God’s love for us. Pray to God to show you deep in your soul that He loves you.
You are Loved and Adored - People
- Man with Leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16)
- Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:10-14, Luke 15:1-7)
- Blind man by the Roadside (Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43)
- Widow (Luke 7:11-17)
- Tearful Woman (Luke 7:36-50, John 11)
- Bent over crippled woman of 18 years (Luke 13:10-13)
- Lost Coin (Luke 15: 8-10)
- Lost Son (Luke 15: 11-31)
- One of 10 with leprosy (Luke 17: 11-17)
- Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10)
- Peter (Luke 22: 31-34, 54)
- Criminal on cross (Luke 23: 40-43)
- Woman at the well (John 4: 1-26)
- Invalid man of 38 years (John 5: 1-8)
- Adulterous Woman (John 8: 1-11)
- Mary, sister of Lazarus (John 11: 32-35)
- Saul to Paul (Acts 9:1-22)
For more on God's love for you plus other encouraging insights, read Sharon's book, Conversations on Faith.
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