God Loves You… Yes You!
God loves you as you are, but loves you way too much to leave you that way.
No matter who you, what you have done and have not done God loves you. God loves you personally. No one, absolutely no one is outside of the love of God. We all included in the loving embrace of God, because we all created in the image of God and we become sons and daughters of God by loving everyone indiscriminately, just as God does. God’s love frees us up to be who we really are and this perfect, divine love transforms us into our best self.
So, if God loves us as we are than we should be able to accept ourselves as we are and not be overly concerned about how other people think of us. We should live in loving, sane, and healthy ways. We should be Jesus to the world. Yet, we cannot live for sake of another, we need to live our life the best way we can and growing in love, faith, hope, and joy. Our primary relationship should be with God and we need to put God as the center of any and every one of our relationships.
Romans 8(NIV): Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 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.
Romans 8(The MSG): So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Nothing can separate us from God, but there are things we can and should do that more fully manifest the love of God in our life and the lives of others. A smile, greeting a stranger, talking with someone, helping another, opening a door, weeding a neighborhood garden, picking up trash doesn’t require much, but can mean be a simple way of stepping out of our own concerns and saying God loves you let me show you. We are not saved by the good we do. For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
I want to live up to and towards the love and grace of God lavished on me and guide others into a relationship with the Creator King of the universe.
I want to experience all life has to offer and live life to the full. I want to share my life with someone special and be in community with others who feel the same as I do. I want to be in the world and not of the world. I don’t want to hide in monastery or under my bed, but face the world knowing that as I do God is with me.
This does not mean I must stop my thinking, seeking, and learning; that I must not be creative or curious; that I must conform to some idealized mold even a Christian one. It means to continue thinking, seeking, and learning for myself and to share what I find with others. It means that I will ever so slowly become more of the person God made me to be. God had a plan for my life even before my parents met and considered building a life and family together. Everything that has happened to me, both the good and bad happened so that I might experience the unlimited and unconditional love and grace of God. The same goes for you.
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