Thursday, May 17, 2012

Letting God Love You First

Good News Flash:  Life isn't about you loving God. Life is about God loving you.

Don't base your life, your personal value, & your faith upon your behavior. If you do you will try to come to a point where you feel like you deserve God's love. You don't have to earn His love. His love is unconditionally & freely given. God never departs from His children & God always loves you more than you know.

You can't force yourself to love Jesus but you don't have to. Stop trying. If you are God's child and feel condemned reading the bible then there is something you don't understand about His love. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). That means if you don't understand how He loves you first then you will not love back & you have no reason to. Loving God is not an obligation to fulfill. He knows you fully and He loves you fully.

Your thoughts & feelings lie to you if they tell you anything that makes you think or feel that you are less loved by Him. God wants you to know that how you feel is not a measuring stick for how much He loves you or how much He approves of you. If we could feel how much God really loves us we would explode! God loves us that much! Everyone always underestimates God's love. The bible literally says that His love is too wonderfully huge for us to fully understand (Ephesians 3:19).

Don't compare yourself to others and certainly don't think that all the commands in the bible apply directly to you right now. Stop thinking that you need to be doing something more. Stop putting expectations on yourself. God doesn't value you based on your works but by the fact that you are His child. You stand in God's way of renewing your mind when you try to fight. "It is God who works in you to desire and to act according to his good purpose" (Philippians 2:13).

God does not count anything you do against you (2 Corinthians 5:19). You can't fail God anymore than a newborn can fail his or her parents. Don't base how you feel about your life on your behavior. Trust Jesus's truly unconditional love for you. He will help you discover more of it. He loves you as much as the Father loves Jesus & as much as Jesus loves the Father (John 15:9, 17:23).

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