Are You Lovable?

19 03 2010

“G-d shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.” –Romans 5:8

“When you read the title on this page—Are You Lovable?—you may have immediately thought, “No, I’m not!” I would have probably responded the same way before I came to understand the true nature of G-d’s love and His reason for loving me.

How can G-d love you as imperfect as you are? He loves you because He wants to. It pleases Him. G-d loves you because that is in His nature. G-d is love (see 1 John 4:8). If He were otherwise, He wouldn’t be who He is.

G-d may not always love everything you do, but He does love you. His love is unconditional—it is based on Him, not you.” (Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”)

G-d’s love is so individualized. I think that’s one of the things that amazes me the most about Him. It’s easy enough for us to say ‘Jesus loves you’ or ‘G-d loves all of us.’ Both of these statements are true, but they don’t connect the divine mystery of His intimate love for you personally. I saw a magnet that I kind of like even though its cheesy: “Sure, G-d loves you, but I’m His favorite.” I think somehow we are all G-d’s favorites—He can somehow have multiple favorites, but without making us feel like we are having to share Him or His affection. G-d is crazy about you. He sees you and His banner over you is love. He looks at you and sees the potential. He believes in the work that He is doing in you. He looks at you, even when you are failing, and He sees Christ’s covering over you. How awesome is that! Phil 2:12-13 encourages us to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it’s the L-rd that works in you, both to will and to do.” The important message to us is that the L-rd is going to do it. Not only does He have the will, He also is making the way. It’s not about what you can do; He loves you and He will bring it all into fruition. I think we can say all day long that G-d loves us, but the proof of our belief manifests in our actions. Are you living like you believe that the G-d of the universe is madly in love with you and is on your team? He wants to see you walking in your potential. He’s got big dreams for you. Get excited! This love truly should do what 1 John 4:18—“perfect love casts out fear…” He is for you. He loves you and the best part is that it has nothing to do with how you perform.

By faith and hope,
mere

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The Perfect Plan

28 04 2009

Puzzle The Perfect Plan 

     “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the L-RD, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” –Jeremiah 29:11

     “G-d has a perfect plan for all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ as L-rd of their lives. His plan is complete in great detail, and it will lead all who follow Him to an abundant life. But only a few ever enjoy the fulfillment of G-d’s plan because most don’t know how to listen to G-d’s leading and follow Him. Instead they choose (either willfully or ignorantly) to go their own way.

     You can walk in the perfect will of G-d if you will learn how to hear from Him and follow His instructions. But listening to Him is your decision. G-d won’t force you to choose His will. However, He will do everything He can to encourage you to say yes to His direction.”

-Joyce Meyer, Ending Your Day Right

     Reading a few more verses around Jeremiah 29:11 is a good plan: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13). These verses are placed in the perfect spot, imagine that 😉 G-d is so very intricate and His planning is perfect. Verse eleven tells us that He has wonderful plans for us, which is very exciting. A G-d that is jealous for me and knows what is best, way beyond my own desire, tells me that He has good plans for me; I’m pretty inclined to believe it.

     He isn’t playing a massive game of hide-n-seek. He tells us that we will pray and He will listen. A G-d that we don’t make a high enough priority and walk away from still listens to us when we come to Him. Amazing! After we have started spending time with Him in prayer, we will desire more intimacy with Him because G-d is just so addictive. Once we start chasing wholeheartedly after Him, we will find Him. Embrace the G-d that has better plans than you and is just waiting for you to seek Him. As a nation and church, we need to wake up and return to our first love. If we truly have a love encounter with G-d, we will believe that His best is for our best.

Just a little bit more and more,

Mere