Do you struggle with feeling loved? Are you feeling unloved by a family member—a father, a mother or a sibling? How about friends, a girlfriend, boyfriend or a spouse? Do you struggle with loving yourself? Or maybe you feel that you are not worthy of someone’s love?
Our need for love can guide our thoughts and beliefs about ourselves and others. We often seek love or the emotions attached to love in unhealthy ways.
Do you think that God loves you? Did you know that every single good thing in your life, no matter how great or small, came from God because he loves you and cares about you?
We often compare God’s love for us to the way others love or fail to love us. However, God’s love for us is deeper than what we experience in our human relationships because his love is based on truth. God freely chooses to love us even when we reject his love or respond poorly to his love. He loves us not because of our goodness or because we’ve earned his love; he loves us because he is good.
When Jesus walked on earth he spent a lot of time healing broken people. He was often in the presence of prostitutes, adulterers, drunkards, the afflicted, and the outcasts. Jesus loved and spent time with society’s rejects, demonstrating that he desires everyone to know they are loved just as they are. He wants an intimate, eternal relationship with each of us, even with you.
Do you know how much God loves you? God loves you so much that he sent his only son to die so you could have eternal life with him. The life of Jesus Christ was a mission of love. He loves you completely just the way you are, regardless of how you have lived your life. Sometimes it is easy to feel unloved, unappreciated, and unworthy of love. Yet God deeply loves you and wants a relationship with you.
Are you open to God’s love? He loves you unconditionally right now.
God loves you and desires a close relationship with you.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)
Dear God, help me understand your unconditional love. Thank you for loving me as I am, with all my faults and sins. Open my heart to know and accept the love and grace that you have for me.