I am going to go with a little different approach today. Instead of relating something from my life to God, I am going to share a simple message with you. While the message is simple, it is of the utmost importance. This message has been true since before the foundations of the earth and probably one that you have heard before. However, it is one that we can never hear too often. Here it is: You are loved.
That is the most powerful thing that I can share with you now or any other time. You are dearly, deeply, and incomparably loved by your heavenly father. It is the most wonderful news that there is. We could spend the rest of our lifetimes searching the depths of God’s love and never get beyond scratching the surface. It is outside our realm of understanding. There are is a point that I want to make though; his love is not dependent upon you.
Most of us probably struggle to think that we are lovable. We know that we are not perfect. We know our sin and our hang-ups. We know that we are not always who we are supposed to be. That has no impact on God’s love. You don’t get to make the choice of whether or not God loves you; he has already decided. That was proven to us in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Romans 5:8 reads, “But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The action here is all on God and Jesus and not on us. God loved us so much that he sent his son to die for us, so that we could live in perfect relationship with him now and forevermore. Do you believe that?
Brennan Manning, my favorite author, has a quote that I absolutely adore. He said, “I am now utterly convinced that, on Judgment Day, the Lord Jesus is going to ask each of us one question and only one question, ‘Did you believe that I loved you?’” That is the heart of the Gospel. Our response to that question is the most important answer that we can give. The Gospel is not about us and our ability to live a perfect life. It is about a God who desires to be with you and in you. It is about a God who has freely given his love to us. No, we don’t deserve it but that doesn’t stop God from offering it. We are loved, period.
I don’t know where you are spiritually, what you’re going through, or what life has thrown at you. I do know that we all need to be reminded of God’s great love for us. It is a love that is never ending and never failing. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death not life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nothing, I repeat, nothing will ever separate you from God’s love. Again, this isn’t based on how well you perform. It’s based on God beautiful faithfulness. You are loved. That’s the story, folks. That is the message of the Bible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
There are plenty of times in this world that we don’t feel loved. There are plenty of times when we don’t feel loved by those who say they love us. There are plenty of times that we don’t love ourselves. There is never a time when you are not loved by your Creator and Sustainer. You are loved. Do you believe that?