God Loves You, He Really Really Does

God loves you, He really, really does.

God loves you, He really, really does. Not only does God love you, He actually likes you! He created you, He delights in you. He looks at you every day and says, “That’s my kid, isn’t she/he grand?” Most of the people who matter the most to you like you as well. So do yourself a favour, let yourself off the hook. Stop trying to impress them by being something or someone you aren’t. It’s exhausting! You wouldn’t be you if you were just like _____ (fill in the blank). Your gifts are your own; your talents are your own. Their gifts and talents are their own. You are not less than someone just because they excel at something, and you don’t excel at the same thing. There are plenty of toys for everyone to play with.

God notices you, He’s aware of you, He sees you. The greatest affirmation of His love was demonstrated on the Cross. Celebrate His love and lay down the need to compete for the attention of others or worse yet, compete for the attention of God. Sibling rivalry in the family of God stinks to high heaven.

If you are gauging your self-worth and identity on what others have done to you, said to you, or called you in your past, then you are probably going to find yourself stuck without much sense of a purpose. If you live your life today from a fear of what others might say about you in the future, then you are sentencing yourself to a life of anxiety, second-guessing, and confusion.

God’s pleasure for you as His child will always be your healthiest source of identity. He created you.

Ephesians 2:10 -“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

God does not make mistakes, He hasn’t changed His mind about you, either. He thinks you are terrific! You are His kid and God loves you just because you are His kid. When you are feeling uncertain about a course of action, dare to ask Him this question. “Am I making this decision based on who You say I am or am I making this decision to spite what others have said I am or to prove to others that I am just as special as they are?”

Even if you think you missed it, even if you heard God wrong, that didn’t thwart His goal of bringing His goodness into your life and releasing His goodness through your life! Live your life out of the assurance of His love and you will find yourself living in peace – and carrying that peace into the world full of people desperate to know they are valued.

Here are a few reminders from scripture that you can turn to if you ever doubt that God loves you and that He bestows great value on you. These are but a few, I urge you to make a list of your own and that you look at that list often.

1 Corinthians 6:20 -“You were bought with a price.”

Romans 8:15-17a -“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!.’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 -“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Romans 8:31-39 -“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died — more than that, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

All Bible verses, unless otherwise attributed, are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV).

Until Next Week

© 2016 Katherine Walden

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