Take a moment.
Think about a person that you love, that you adore, that you think you would do anything for.
Can you picture them?
Can you see the details of their face?
Notice their mannerisms? Remember all of their favorite things?
With the people that you love, you pay attention with great detail. You listen to how they are doing, you observe what makes them excited and disappointed and everything in-between. You fight hard for them and offer forgiveness even when it’s difficult. You filter them through a lens of love.
Can you imagine that there is a God who loves you like that?
He loves you more…
Can you imagine that there is a God who desires constant communication with you?
He’s not intimidated by your junk, your questions, your hurt.
He wants relationship with you so badly.
He wants you and all that comes with you.
Can you believe that there is a God who is pining for your affection?
Not because He needs your affection, but because His affection runs deep for you.
Can you believe that there is a God who thought of you?
He thought of you when He sent down His Son, when He let Him be the perfect sacrifice for all that we could do wrong, when He sent Him through torture, when He didn’t take the cup from Him but let His own will come to competition for you to be complete, forever.
Can you believe that He filters you through a lens of love, sacrifice, and grace?
Can you believe that He calls you…
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. John 15:16
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. Psalm 40:2
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love- not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.
1 John 4:9-11
Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Colossians 1:22
Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ when He freed us from the penalty of our sins. Romans 3:24
…for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Romans 4:24
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night. Thessalonians 5:5
As you get ready for this summer it’s important for us to think about how we see people and how we see God. It is also important for us to know how God sees us.
He sees you as worthy of His love, and He wants you to believe it too.
He’s not filtering you through any set of expectations, rules or regulations. He took care of all of that so that He could have your heart and so that His love could reach you, and keep you, without condition.
Take a moment today, think about the people you love, but then let it overwhelm you with just how much more your Heavenly Father loves YOU.