By Sandy Kirby Quandt
God loves us just as much today as he did yesterday, as he will tomorrow.
He loves us just as much after our first act of obedience, or disobedience, as he did the day before, or the day after.
We can’t do anything to make him love us more. We can’t do anything to make him love us less.
That concept is so very foreign to our way of thinking, wouldn’t you agree? We are such a works-based, tit for tat, scratch my back I’ll scratch yours, kind of people.
I did X, Y & Z…now you have to love/appreciate me more. I didn’t do L, M, or N…now you have to love/appreciate me more.
Before the beginning of time, God had a plan. His plan included each of us. He knew when we would make him proud. He knew when we would break his heart. Good, bad, indifferent. He knew it all, yet his love remains constant.
I’ll say it again…God loves us just as much today as he did before we were born.
Perhaps we need to slow down and let that reality soak into our very being. Perhaps we need to set aside our thoughts of merit, and rest in Jesus’ love. Perhaps that means opening up our Bible and spending time with the Creator who knit us together in our mother’s womb to see what he has to say about it.
Maybe then we’ll remember the song we might have sung when we were young…the song we sang before we thought our worth was connected to our works…the song we belted out as loud as we could…because we believed it.
Yes. Jesus does love us. The Bible says it, so it has to be true.
As my dad used to say, Now that’s something you can hang your hat on.
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So you see, our love for him comes as a result of his loving us first. 1 John 4:19 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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