I am of the belief that there are a lot of people out there who are a whole lot smarter than me. This is a truth that gets proven over and over again. This is the reason why I like quotes so much. I love hearing a statement that makes me stop in my tracks because it’s so profound. The eyes of my mind are often opened up to a new idea that I hadn’t considered before.
Every once and a while I read something that immediately penetrates straight into my soul. There is an art form of being able to take a weighty idea and transform it into a few sentences. I read a quote by author Brennan Manning a few weeks ago that made me stop and say “wow!”
God loves you in such a way that He would rather die than be without you. Isn’t it difficult to believe that you are worth the death of anyone? Least of all the All-Holy God? I am convinced that on Judgment Day the Lord Jesus is going to ask each of us only one question, ‘Did you believe that I loved you?”
I was immediately humbled and left in awe when I read what Manning had written. It made me stop and examine how I was viewing God and His love for me.
I think that we can fall into the trap that we forget just how much God loves us. If someone were to ask the question of how much God loves us, we could probably give them a pretty solid answer. Maybe we quote John 3:16 or Romans 5:8 to them. How often though do we take time and just reflect on how much God loves us.
God sent His son into this world to die for us; there is no more significant expression of love. Even more so, God sent His son into this world to die for you. We often view His love for the all of us and sometimes forget just how personal His love is. I have heard it said that “If you were the only person to believe in Christ, He still would have died for you.” We serve an almighty God who holds the universe in the palm of His hand. With that same hand, God wants to hold the hand of each of His children. Don’t forget, God knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7).
Isn’t amazing that the same God who created the stars and planets took the time to knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)? Do you view God as a personal God or just the almighty deity in the sky? In the Old Testament, He was often referred to as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God knows you on a personal level and wants to be known on a personal level. He is the God of (Insert your name here).
He loves you dearly, and He wants you to experience His love. We tend to have the mindset that we need to work God’s love. Most sermons that you hear on a Sunday mornings speak to the things that we need to be doing and the things that we need to avoid to live our lives as Christians. While the way that we live is of the utmost importance, that’s not how we earn God’s love. In fact, there is no way to earn God’s love. It is given to us freely through what Christ did on the cross. We need to stop trying to gain God’s love and just start living in it.
My favorite part of Manning’s quote is the last sentence, “I am convinced that on Judgment Day the Lord Jesus is going to ask each of us only one question, ‘Did you believe that I loved you?” Is that what you believe? One of the things that gets in the way of us believing it is that we have to take ourselves out of the equation. There is nothing that we bring to the table that is going to make God love us, and there’s nothing that we bring that’s going to prevent God from loving us. Remember, “God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) He loves you simply because He’s a loving God. It’s not earned, it’s given.
God loves you, period. There’s nothing else to add to that statement. We need to not weigh it down with a bunch of ands and buts. It might seem too simple, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s true. Take some time and reflect on the fact that God loves you, personally. It’s the most amazing, humbling, empowering, and encouraging truth in the world. Always remember, “God loves you in such a way that He would rather die than be without you.”