Thursday, June 23, 2011

God's Love for You

You want to know how special you are in the eyes of Christ?

He desires for you to be his bridegroom! His wife. His lover, his spouse. He wants nothing more than to be one with you and have communion and fellowship with you every single day of your life. He thinks your gorgeous. “All beautiful you are my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7

“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.” 1 Corinthians 11:2

He is enthralled with your beauty! Psalms 45:11

He has a purpose for you as an individual child of God and he will love you forever. Psalm 139:8

He made you so perfectly that it’s wonderfully scary. He sees no flaw in you. Psalm 139:14

He made you in his image! Genesis 1:26

I could go on and on with the snippets of bible verses proclaiming God’s love for you, but you’re not going to fully grasp the depth of his love unless you study it for yourself. Look at the entire salvation story, cover to cover, for yourself and see what you take away from it.

Great and powerful God who rules over everything—he created you intricately, fantastically, and phenomenally. He created you to be part of a community with him. To be with HIM. Then we failed. We screwed up and chose our sinful, selfish desires over his. You know what his first response was?

Grace. I hate that you did that my child, but I forgive you. I love you and so I will only punish you, not destroy you. For the next 2000 years we constantly hurt God, failed him, turned away from the good he provided us with, and turned towards evil and destruction. Every single time God was faithful and loving and compassionate. He always forgave instantly. Continuously pouring out his love and mercy on a people who deserved death and torture.

Finally one day God himself humbled himself so much that he came to our rotten planet because he knew it was the only way he could fix our relationship with him. He knew that it was going to take an act like that to win our love back for himself. So not only did he come to Earth and live a full life here, but he served and he served and he loved and he served. The God of the universe washed feet, made friends with outcasts, and helped people in need. As if that wasn’t enough, he was spat on, stoned, whipped, cursed, rejected, accused, and finally—our selfishness and bitterness drove him to a harsh death. The crazy thing is he didn’t mind it. He desperately wanted our love so bad that he was willing to die for us. He set things right so we could have the opportunity to live a life with him in love forever and for all eternity.

Today he is still begging you for your attention. He wants to be the one who captivates your heart. He wants to be the one you share everything with, the one that makes you smile and get warm on the inside. He wants to be your mate, your bridegroom, your lover, your best friend, your master, your shepard, your teacher—he loves you THAT much.

Yet we constantly reject him.

Study the bible for yourself. Let me know what you find out.