Wednesday, June 17, 2009

just like you are [+] Wednesday E-Devotion

God loves you just like you are.  You and I don't have to work for or buy His love.  His love is not based on our performance or our goodness or our worth.  It is based on His endless love for us.  Just believe it.  That is faith.  He loves you and me just like we are.

1 John 4:16 (nlt) --- We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

I'm reading a new book and want to share just a little of what I digested this past Thursday while I was sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves (yeah, I know you are jealous ... and we had a great time).  But read what I read now:

"I finally saw what had been there all along.  What I saw flipped my faith experience right-side up ... I surrender my view of myself and embraced God's view of me.  I'd had it all backward.  I was putting so much pressure on myself to earn God's love, but it was already there.  While I had known this in my head, I had not accepted it in my heart.  The main thing is not my love for God but His love for me.  And I respond to God as one deeply flawed yet loved."  (Jud Wilhite Eyes Wide Open, page 6)

Far too many of us struggle to make God love us.  Or we struggle to understand that God loves us.  Or we believe that God can't and won't love us.  Those things are lies.  Straight from Satan and hell.  He loves you just life you are!

Ephesians 2:4 (nlt) --- But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,

Ephesians 3:18 (nlt) --- And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

Romans 8:38 (nlt) --- And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.

Just like you are ... GOD LOVES YOU.  Just like I am ... GOD LOVES ME.  Believe it or not.  It is true.

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