Written by: Emily Pelley
As I have grown up going to church, one of the hardest things I had to get my head around was God’s love for me. It was always this big, wonderful, mind-blowing reality. Kind of like looking out at the vast expanse of the ocean, or a snow-capped mountain range on a clear day- the immense scale of it can’t be taken in all at once.
But what does it mean for me? How does it impact my daily life?
There are so many amazing things about God’s love, but I find the main thing we as humans get stuck on is the fact that there is nothing we have to do to earn this love. Doesn’t matter how good or well-behaved you are, whether you have just messed up big time or have a list of mistakes that spans a lifetime- God’s love for you is complete, it is perfect, and it is all yours (Rom 8:38-39).
God loves you. You. The way you are. Reading this right now, He loves everything about you. The reason he sent Jesus to die on a cross was for you, so He could know you, and so you could know Him (Rom 5:8). You see, we get to be connected with this wonderful, loving God. His love has created a way for us to talk to Him, depend on Him, and give our hearts to Him. Nothing in this life will fulfill you like having this connection with God. I dare you to consider what that could mean for your life, if you haven’t already…
“Jesus loves me” is my daughter’s favorite song right now. When she is tired or upset, if I start singing that song, she calms right down. It is amazing to me how much truth is in that little children’s song. If we could only get those truths embedded in our hearts…that though we may be weak, He is strong! And He offers His strength to us. I love how Luke puts it in the book of Acts 20:24:
What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.
Have you ever considered what it was that kept Jesus on His mission while He was here on earth? In the face of threats, social rejection, and ultimately death? Yes we know that Jesus was fully God and fully man, so what that tells us is that Jesus’ strategy for staying on purpose is one that we need to take note of, because if there was anyone who had every right to give up, it was Him. And yet He kept going, kept loving, and kept serving.
Take a moment to read Psalm 136. Thirteen times in this one psalm, the line repeats- “God’s love endures forever”. I wonder if God is trying to get something across to us here…
In the Message version, it reads, “His love never quits”:
23-26 God remembered us when we were down, His love never quits. Rescued us from the trampling boot, His love never quits. Takes care of everyone in time of need. His love never quits. Thank God, who did it all! His love never quits!
So, what kept Jesus focused on His mission?
God’s love never quits.
What is going to sustain you through everything life will through at you and your family?
God’s love never quits.
You are loved by a God whose love is perfect and powerful! As you live your life with purpose, don’t forget to rely on this truth for strength and courage. Every day, remind yourself that you are loved and valued, and that your purpose is ultimately to be connected with the God who created you. Stand tall and walk confidently today knowing that…God’s love never quits.