Dear Ones,

These last two weeks we have talked about why it is so important to understand how much God loves us and how God’s love liberates us to trust Him and cast our cares upon Him.  So, I think it is important to truly understand how God loves us.  What does it mean when we say “God loves me”?

Let’s take a look at several Scriptures and consider together how God sees us and how dear we are to Him. 

Isaiah 43:4 – “ [Y]ou are precious and honored in my sight, and. . .I love you.”
Isaiah 49:16 – "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. . ."
Psalm 100:3 – “[W]e are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
Zechariah 2:8 – “ For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye:
1 John 3:1 – "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"
Zephaniah 3:17 – "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
Jeremiah 31:3 – "The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: 'I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.'"
1 Peter 5:6-7 – “[F]or He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]” (AMP).

Wow!  We are precious and honored, engraved in His hands, his sheep (cared for and protected), the apple of His eye, His children, those in whom He takes great delight and over whom He rejoices, loved with an everlasting love and unfailing kindness, cared for with deepest affection and watched over carefully.  These are just a few of hundreds of Scriptures letting us know how special we are to God, how passionate He is toward us.  Stop and let that sink into your spirit.  Dwell on His great love for you.

As if that weren’t enough to convince us of how much God really does love us, let’s go further and look at how He proved His love for us.  1 John 4:9 says, “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”  John 3:16 says, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Can you imagine giving your one and only begotten Son for the life of someone else who didn’t even acknowledge your existence?  You see, God made that act of loving sacrifice for you before you were ever born, before you could even choose to know Him or love Him back.  He made that ultimate sacrifice for every person ever born, whether or not they would ever choose to love Him in return!  He made that sacrifice before you ever did one thing for Him.  You see, He didn’t do it to get something from you; He did it to get something to you – redemption, grace, compassion, mercy, love, peace, joy, kindness, forgiveness, and eternal life with Him.  God is a GIVER!  He gave before you could give anything in return.  He gave out of His deep love for you.

Jesus loved you so that He chose to suffer torment, ridicule, hatred, scorn, oppression, affliction, humiliation, and physical torture.  He chose obedience to the Father in order to gain you as a brother or sister, a joint heir to all He possessed.  Jesus suffered an excruciating death and a journey into the unimaginable, abominable, horrific pains of hell to give you an opportunity to know the true love of God.  He allowed Himself to be slaughtered to give you eternal life with God!  If that doesn’t convince you that God loves you forever and without reservation and that you are precious to Him, then nothing ever will.

Read Isaiah 53 out loud, imagining all Christ went through, and you will have a new understanding of God’s mighty love for you.  When you comprehend that, you will never be able to withhold love from another, and that understanding will free you to walk in the fullness of Christ here on this earth!

Enjoy the journey as you receive new revelation of just how God loves you,
Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.