We love because He first loved us.
I John 4:19
For Valentine’s Day at work, I helped a group of kids make a present for their mom or dad. We used old decks of cards and made a book called, 52 Reasons I Love You. Each of the 52 cards had a reason on it. It was a difficult project and several kids didn’t finish. But for the ones that did, it turned out to be a great gift for someone special.
I made some also. I made one for my husband and one for each of my four children. It was good for me to do this, making these books, thinking of reasons why I love each and every one of them made me look at them intently and purposefully and record what I saw and what I loved about them.
Did you know that the Bible is the book God wrote to tell us why He loves us? He tells us to what extent He went through, will go through to shower us in love, and how much it means to Him that we are His beloved.
It would take a lot more than 52 cards to spell that out for us.
So, why do we love Him? This verse tells us we love because He first loved us. But I wondered while making these books, how many reasons I could come up with for why I love God. And wouldn’t it be a good exercise to start that list? To put me in remembrance of all that God means to me, all that He has done for me, all that I believe He has in store for me. Even if I could, there probably would not be any reason any greater than that He first loved me.
He loved me. He loves me. He will always love me.
He loved you. He loves you. He will always love you.
I think that healing, in whatever form we need – physical, spiritual, relational, emotional, mental – begins when that thought really sinks down into our heart. It begins when we know that we are loved completely, unconditionally, never-endingly, and when we come to trust in that love especially when we feel totally unlovable. Maybe my next project will be a book called “______ Ways God has shown His love to me.”
How about you, how many reasons do you have that could go in that book like that?
Heavenly Father, to think that You love me is mind-boggling. Sometimes it is just so much more than I can comprehend and sometimes, I don’t even think about it. How awful is that? Please forgive me, for taking Your love lightly, for dismissing it at times when I feel unlovable, for choosing to feel unworthy of such love when You paid such a tremendous price to declare me worthy. Thank You for seeing me in my sin and in all my unlovableness and loving me anyway. Help me to let that truth truly sink down into my heart and help me to spread that truth to people who need to hear it, I ask in Jesus’s name. Amen.
I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be praying for you as well.
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