I have noticed a theme this week. God seems to be reminding me that He loves me no matter what.
Sometimes I get so involved in work or commitments that I start to identify with accomplishment. I forget that God loves me regardless of what I do. He loves me even when I make mistakes. He loves me even when I try to do things myself instead of letting Him take care of it. He loves me when pride gets in the way. He loves me when I feel horrible about myself.
I’m reading a book currently called “Grace Walk” by Steve McVey. In the book, he tells a brief story about a parent who tells a child to be good so that God will love him.
Many of us have probably felt that way, as if we had to earn God’s love. But that is not how God’s love works.
The Bible says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
All week, it seems that God has reminded me of His unconditional love in some way each day.
He is reminding me that He loves me always. That He loves me beyond my doings. He loves me because that is who He is.
1 John 4:16 – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
He loves me because He created me.
Psalm 139:13 – “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Nothing can separate me from God’s love.
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.”
This is true for all of you out there. God loves you! He always will love you! There is nothing you can do or not do that would change that. His love is unconditional. It isn’t something you can earn. It is a gift.
Many of us have had earthy experiences that deter us from thinking this way. Whether it is abuse, divorce, abandonment, failure, depression, anxiety, & so many other things that can get us to thinking how worthless we are.
But if we renew our minds with what God’s Word says about us. If we read the Bible to see what it actually says & not what someone has told us it says, we will be amazed at how much God loves us. Look up the scriptures I’ve mentioned above.
Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I have dealt with a lot of depression & anxiety in my life due to things that have happened in my life. What has helped the most is reading God’s Word & learning what He says about me. Because what this world has to say about me ultimately doesn’t matter. What God says about me does.
This is what renewing your mind is. It is simply learning what God’s Word says & changing your thinking to line up with the Word of God. It takes time, but it is worth it.
I’m not always perfect at going to God everytime I feel down, but I know that God is patient with me & He loves me anyway.