TO THE BIBLE: 1 John 3:1
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”
Matthew found his friend sitting all by himself at the basketball court, looking miserable.
“Hey Alex, you look so downcast. What’s up?”
“I burnt my dad’s expensive shirt while pressing it yesterday, and just this morning, I broke a whole set of chinaware while helping my mom rearrange the kitchen! Then my uncle told me things aren’t working out for me because I don’t obey the Old Testament laws and commandments. I thought God loved me; what’s with all the conditions; I’m so confused!”
“Come on, Alex. You know what your uncle said isn’t true,” Matthew encouraged. “The Law has been abolished by Jesus, and whoever says you must live by it is ignorant of the scriptures. God loves you unconditionally, so let your focus be on His love for you, no matter what you experience or you’re told.”
There are people like Alex, who don’t realise God loves them unconditionally—no strings attached. Understand that God’s love for you doesn’t change with the times or depend on what you do or don’t do. He wants you to walk in the liberty and full assurance of faith, knowing that you’re beyond condemnation, because of His unconditional and eternal love for you (Romans 8:1). He loves you just the way you are. You didn’t have to struggle to earn God’s love, for you could never earn it by your own works but by grace; it’s a gift from God!
All you have to do is accept His love as simply as it has come to you, and you’ll never remain the same again. God demonstrated His great and boundless love for us while we were yet in sin. Perhaps you’re wondering, “Can God possibly love someone like me?” Emphatically yes! No matter what kind of life you may have lived, He loves you just the way you are. So take advantage of His great love for you today.
Thank you dear Father, for your great love and kindness towards me! In everything I do today, and everywhere I go, I’m mindful of your love, and that consciousness inspires faith and boldness in me to face the circumstances of life and win! I rejoice in your loving kindness, which has strengthened my hope in you. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
John 2, 2 Samuel 20-21
Mark 8:1-9, Numbers 8
Take out time today to speak the Word to yourself.