Monday, January 21, 2013

Truth or Lie #2: God Loves Me



Truth:    God loves me.

Lie:         God won’t love me unless I’m perfect.
                When life is free from trials, only then can I be sure God loves me.

 “One of the greatest acts of faith is to believe God loves you
as much as He says He does.” ~ Paul Washer (in a sermon entitled, Prayer as Communion)

I would imagine, if given a written statement that read: “I know God loves me,” most of us would sign our name to it without hesitation.

What if it read: “I believe God loves me as much as He says He does”?



This is how much He says He loves us:
·         He has loved us longer than we’ve been loved by anyone else.
Jesus prayed, “Thou hast loved them as thou hast loved me . . . before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:23,24)

·         He loved us when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent His Son . . . while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (1 John 4:10; Romans 5:8)

·         His love is so unconditional, a holy God placed our sin against Him on His Son, and He laid down His life in our place.
“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son . . . Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 3:16; 15:13)

·         His love won’t ever change its mind. Nothing we do or anything we go through will cause Him to stop loving us.
“I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 8:38,39)

We may not be able to comprehend this kind of love.

We may not understand how a God as great as He is could love us this much.

But it’s a lie to believe anything else.

The truth is . . .
God is love.
It’s His nature to love, even when nothing about us is loveable.
His love isn’t based on anything we do.
His love has lasted longer than time.
And His love will never stop.

One of the greatest acts of faith is to believe God loves us this much.

To believe it is eternal life.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoseoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)


For further study on God’s love:  Isaiah 43:4; Zephaniah 3:17; John 15:9, 16:27; Ephesians 2:4-7, 3:17-19, 5:25-27; 1 John 3:1, 4:9, 16

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This is Part 2 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe: and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to this blog) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one. 

(And feel free to share your own thoughts below!)

 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Bethany,

    I went through that study years ago in a women's Sunday School class. It was thought-provoking. Are you enjoying it?

    I'm glad you stopped by my post "What All Women Desperately Need," and chimed in. I agree. Those friendships are worth it.

    Thankful for getting to know you too here,
    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Yes, I'm enjoying reviewing the truths she covers in this book. Hope you can join our review each week. Thank you for stopping by!

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