I don’t believe God loves me if…

th-6“You know God loves you, don’t you Kevin?”

Why is it that such a basic, underlying truth seems to catch us off guard, as if we have never heard it before?

After reading yesterday’s Catch, Kevin remembered Mrs. Goodrich, a Sunday School teacher when he was a kid who always would greet him with this question: “You know God loves you, don’t you Kevin?”

We all need a Mrs. Goodrich in our lives.

“You know God loves you, don’t you John?”

Well, no, I don’t if I’m constantly beating myself up in my own mind.

I don’t believe God loves me if I’m always trying to defend myself.

I don’t believe God loves me if I think He loves someone else more.

I don’t believe God loves me if I’m choosing to carry around my guilt all the time.

I don’t believe God loves me if I’m always trying to remind Him about the bad things about me that He’s already forgiven and forgotten.

I don’t believe God loves me if I think I’m not good enough for Him.

I don’t believe God loves me if I’m always making excuses for myself.

I don’t believe God loves me if I can’t love someone else.

I don’t believe God loves me if I wear myself out trying to prove that He does.

I don’t believe God loves me if I’m always trying to prove I’m worth being loved.

I don’t believe God loves me if I don’t believe I am forgiven.

I don’t believe God loves me if I put down anyone else for their sin.

I don’t believe God loves me if I judge anyone.

I don’t believe God loves me if I’m currently surprised by the reminder that He does.

Does that happen to you? The love of God comes home to you in some fresh, new way and you hit yourself upside the head like you forgot. Maybe it’s happening to you right now.

That was always my reaction whenever I heard the late Brennan Manning speak, and why I’m so sad he’s gone. No one else could bring home the Love of God quite like Brennan. He was so gifted in this one thing: “You know God loves you, don’t you?” It didn’t matter what state I was in when I heard him; his words would wash over me as if I had never heard them before. Which can only tell me one thing: I forgot.

We are experts in guilt and condemnation and novices in forgiveness and love. Guilt is our default setting. Let this message of love and forgiveness slip in your mind and you go right back to guilt and everything associated with it.

God loves you. He’s crazy about you. He’s purposely forgotten all the bad things about you, not because He’s absent-minded, but because He has removed them from the picture. They don’t even exist in His mind. The only thing God thinks of when He thinks of us is how happy He is to see us. He is all-consuming in His love for us. That’s why He is love. He and love are one and the same. God is love; love is God. Think anything else about God and you’ve got another god.

God not only loves you; He likes you. He likes you just the way you are; that’s why He made you that way.

The chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever. That’s because He started it all. He’s the one who loves us and wants to enjoy us forever. Sounds like a relationship made in heaven.

You do know God loves you, don’t you?

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12 Responses to I don’t believe God loves me if…

  1. Bill in KCK says:

    YES I KNOW that God loves me…just dont ask me to explain how He is able to do that. Something beyond being able to explain requires faith in believing that He means what is written in His-Story…The Bible. And He is believable because He backs up His Word with giving us His Son to pay in full the debt that we owe. Although I often am unable to understand how God could possibly love me, to doubt or deny His Love would be like me driving in another spike at Calvary. The difficulty in understanding God’s Love is that a human frailty keeps me from loving all others that He has created, but then if I could maybe I would consider that I also was god and wouldnt have a need or desire for Him.

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Thank-you Pastor John for the very good reminder of: “You do know God loves you, don’t you?” I too know that – I just don’t live like that often enough! 🙂
    PS Bill in KCK I too surely can’t explain God’s luv…

    • Bill in KCK says:

      Mark you are not alone…I will have to raise my hand that I dont live like God loves me often enough. Along that line Gloria Gaither has written some words to be sung to the tune of Sibelius [?] hymn from “Finlandia” I cant quote all of the text because the very first line has me choked up because I fall so short. That first line goes, “I’ll live my life like I have been forgiven”

  3. Lois Taylor says:

    God has a picture of me on his refrigerator. All of us…not just me.

  4. kevinm1957 says:

    His fridge is soooooooo big……He has a group picture of all of us, everyone everywhere, and everyone everywhen on it!

  5. kevinm1957 says:

    and yet again, posting this as I forgot to mark the “notify me of new comments” check box. LOL

  6. TimC says:

    Great Catch! There’s a whole bunch of things there that I never thought of before, and I’m guilty of them all. Forgive me – again.

  7. Mark Seguin says:

    Wow! bobnearseattle: I did thoroughly enjoy that choir! Thx 4 posting it…

    • Robert Smith says:

      Truly my pleasure, Mark!

      Here are the lyrics by Gloria Gaither:

      I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
      I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
      I know my name is clear before my Father;
      I am His child and I am not afraid.
      So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;
      The law of love I gladly will obey.

      I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
      I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving, too.
      I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
      I’ll dare to see another’s point of view.
      And when relationships demand commitment,
      Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.

      Your Kingdom come around and through in me,
      Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
      Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
      And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
      The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
      And may You feed a hungry world through me.

      I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven.

      Amen.

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