We can all use a few reminders now and again about God’s love for us, yes? That’s because our human minds have a hard time grasping its reality and actually believing it. Most of what we know about love is based on what we’ve experienced, and those experiences aren’t always the best teachers.
Valentine’s Day in fourth grade is one example.
That was the year I had an over-sized crush on brown-eyed, freckle-faced Freddy. So did all the other girls in my class. Poor Freddy. While the other boys played tetherball and baseball during recess, he dashed ‘round and ‘round the school yard like a rabbit chased by a pack of giggling girls.
I knew the competition was fierce for Freddy’s affection, but I figured I’d won the contest when he handed me a Valentine that read, “I’m not clowning around. I love you.” My bubble burst a few seconds later when my best friend whispered, “Look at my Valentine from Freddy!” I could scarcely believe my eyes. “I’m not clowning around. I love you,” it said.
Freddy’s mom must have purchased a multi-pack of the thing, because every girl in the class received the same message. It was the boy’s undoing. The fourth-grade females’ feelings for freckle-faced Freddy fizzled on February 14th. (Say THAT while munching on a mouthful of dry crackers!)
I’m afraid Freddy knew nothing about true love.
Neither did I, nor did the other girls in the class. Call us fickle. Freddy fell off our emotional radar as fast as ice cream melts on a sizzling summer day, and we all moved on to better-looking ventures.
Time has passed, and thankfully I’ve learned a few things about true love since then. But the most important lessons come from Scripture and direct my heart into the love of my heavenly Father.
Friend, some days are so hard that we might wonder whether God has turned His back on us.
If someone we trust betrays us, we might transfer our subsequent feelings of hurt and mistrust onto the Lord and then doubt His intent and faithfulness toward us. We might have days when we barely love ourselves, so we fall into believing the lie that says God can’t love us either.
If you’ve ever questioned God’s love for you, then here are five truths to remind you that yes, He loves you more than words can say.
God’s love surrounds us:
Psalm 32:10 – Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. (NIV)
God’s love is measureless:
Psalm 36:5-7 – Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies… How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (NIV)
God’s love is stronger than any force that exists:
Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s love sustains us:
Lamentations 3:22 – Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. (NIV)
God’s love is sacrificial and life-giving:
John 3:16 — For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
Write these Scriptures where you’ll see them often. Memorize them and meditate on them. Turn them into thanksgiving prayers. Let them sink deep into your heart and call them to mind on hard days.
The truth is—God loves you. You are precious to Him. He will never leave you.
Know you are loved,