Knowing We're Loved
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments." -Deuteronomy 7:9 "Marriage looks good on you!" came the remark. I was flattered. I knew it too — I had never felt so loved in all my life, outside of feeling loved by God. "Thanks," I said, sheepishly. It had been three months since I had gotten married, and I was really soaking in the whole experience. I felt like a sponge! My home family life growing up had been very different from life with my husband — I was like a thirsty traveler in a desert who had found an oasis of life! Many of us in the body of Christ have a hard time receiving God's love. Often this is due to our own family backgrounds and experiences. We view God the way we viewed our parents growing up. If our parents were not able to present a godly example, even in a religious home, we are at a loss to know how to relate to God and know how He relates to us and loves us unconditionally. Many of our relationships are based on conditional performance. But, God doesn't work this way. "The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." -Zephaniah 3:17 "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love." -Romans 8:38 Do you know without a shadow of a doubt you're loved unconditionally by God? It doesn't give us license to sin, but no matter what we've done, He ALWAYS loves us and wants us to know it. God sent His son so that our sin could be paid for. God's love has no conditions, no parameters, and no boundaries. Do you know the love that God has for you?