You Are So Loved!

You Are So Loved!

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Do you believe that? I admit, it’s a struggle for me. I was raised in a home where I didn’t feel much love or affection. Most of the time I felt like an unwanted annoyance and was simply tolerated.

Even today, my now-elderly parents communicate with me in an almost polite, businesslike manner. They are embarrassed and uncomfortable when I tell them I love them, and they struggle to reciprocate. There’s very little family warmth, and I’ve come to understand that it’s just how they are.

But it’s not what I would have hoped for or wanted, and it’s not how I deal with my own children. I love them completely and wholeheartedly, and I hope I communicate that well.

So when I struggle to remember and believe that my Heavenly Father adores me, I try to remember how much I love my own children. If you have children or grandchildren, you can relate. If you don’t, think of someone else you love dearly. This intense affection is only a fraction of how much God loves you!

But how do we know this?

As the child’s song says, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” I have created a simple acronym to help me, mostly taken from Ephesians 1: it’s ABC-ARF.

In love, Christ has
A – Adopted me into His family. I am His child.
B – Given me every spiritual blessing. I lack nothing.
C – Chosen me. He didn’t have to, but He did. It was His choice.
A – He has accepted me, not rejected or ignored me.
R – He redeemed me from slavery to sin through His blood.
F – I’m forgiven, completely and forever.
God’s love for us is active. He chose us, redeemed us, blessed us, adopted us. It’s not a passive, sit-back-and-admire-from-afar kind of love. He’s working in us, helping us and growing us up each day. He’s an active, participatory Father!

Nothing Can Separate Us

Another passage that speaks of God’s great love for us is Romans 8:35-39. We’re told nothing can separate us from Christ’s love. No power in heaven or earth, no circumstance, no condition, not even my own struggle and unbelief. His love is more powerful than the trial I’m going through, or the tough situation I find myself in.
And just because I don’t feel or believe in His love for me, doesn’t mean it’s not true! God’s Word is a foundation we can stand on.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; and He will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

Why Does It Matter?

So why is it so important that we get this and believe it in our heart of hearts? Because it affects the way we live. It is our motivation for righteous living and spiritual growth. Because we love Him and are so loved, we desire to know Jesus, to follow Him, to please Him. When we’re motivated by love, we react differently than when we’re following a set of rules with harsh consequences.
And this is how I was raised. Church was a bunch of rules to follow, and my parents were angry when I rebelled. But I didn’t believe I was loved by either my parents or God, so I was not motivated by love to please them. I wanted to have fun, and find acceptance from my friends. I was motivated by love of myself, not love for them.
Being a Christian is not a set of laws to follow to appease an angry God. It’s being loved by our Friend and Savior Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for our salvation. He gave up His life in love, so that we could be free and forgiven and adopted and blessed.
So let’s believe we are loved and respond to that love with our entire heart, minds, soul and strength!
Linda Graf About Linda Graf

Linda Graf is the author of  Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance. She wrote it after the Lord freed her from a lifestyle of anger and bitterness. She is a musician, a mentor and mother. Being an author was never on her radar, but during her journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, she was compelled to write about it. Check out her website where she blogs regularly.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the post. I agree that church and religion should not be a bunch of rules. The law was done away with when Jesus died for us. Thank you for sharing. I felt it in my spirit.

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