Malachi 1:2

“I have loved you” says the Lord.

 

I Have Loved You

I want you to sit with that for a moment.
Don’t rush off to the next sentence. Just close your eyes and sit with it, God saying I have loved you, to you. Not just that He loves you, and he does, Ephesians 3:18 says that we (God’s people) may have the ability to grasp “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” He has loved you and continues to loves you. This is what is called Past Continuous tense- actions or events in a time before now, which began in the past and were still going on. Before this world was created, God loved you and continues to love you. What does that stir in your heart? Feelings of comfort perhaps? Guilt? Warmth? Unworthiness? Security?
When I read those words I felt comfort at first, because it’s a wonderful feeling to be loved isn’t it? There is a safety and peace that comes with being loved, knowing that no matter what happens, good or bad, you are not alone and you’ll never be turned away. That’s the heart of the Father for us. But as I sat with it more, that sense of comfort started to morph into unworthiness. Who am I that the God of this universe would love me? Before there was even humanity to speak of, His love for me was already fully realized. How could I ever live up to that kind of love as a sinful person?  The answer is I can’t, none of us can and yet His love for us continues. Thank You God!
God doesn’t make us work for His love, we get that freely like the love of a parent for a child. Even when we mess up, and we will, His love is there to restore. It is a river that can never be stopped up, rerouted or run dry. It flows freely and eternally from the heart of God. I pray that you will feel the presence and power of His love, for you today.
by Kalesha Peters

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