THE ASSURANCE OF GOD’S LOVE
Human beings have a strong need to feel accepted. This is one trait with which all of us can relate. Looking back on my years in school, it is easy to remember the importance of friends. Friends were, and still are, very important for your health. Looking back on my need for friends, it did not matter whether I was in the 2nd grade or the 11th grade—or even college for that matter—I craved acceptance within a circle of friends. I still get a healthy boost to my self-esteem today from my circle of friends.
When you look at the role of friends, especially close friends, their inclusion of you in their lives is really a sincere expression of love. So, doesn’t it make sense that my desire for acceptance is really a desire to be loved? One definition of love in the dictionary is this, “a feeling of warm personal attachment.” When God created us, He created us with a need to be loved. The wonderful thing about this need is that God Himself actually loves each one of us more than we can even begin to comprehend.
Our creator molded us in His image, gave us this wonderful earth as our home, crafted each person to be a unique individual, and He allows us to choose how we experience this amazing gift of life! In the midst of all this wonderfulness, though, there is brokenness. The perfect creation has been broken. Amongst all the great things we experience in our lives, we still look around and see suffering, heartache, and pain. God Himself, and also Jesus Christ, have suffered.
I have heard it said that the only way to know complete joy is to have suffered along the way. Then, when the joy is present, you can truly appreciate it. This makes complete sense. As Christians, we need to constantly draw close to God and His love in the midst of the brokenness. The Bible tells us that when Jesus Christ returns to this earth, He will make all things new. The perfection of creation will be restored! Suffering will end.
The assuring love of God, and Jesus, along with the true presence of the Holy Spirit within our souls; is the hope to fill us with joy. The hope is this—Jesus has already defeated death! He is the first fruits of the resurrection. He has shown us that He truly is the Messiah. Jesus has won the war over evil. Each of us fights our daily battles—but we need to fight knowing that the victory is ours. Each Christian will spend eternal life in a perfect heaven with Jesus Christ.
On the days when you are feeling defeated or alone, remember to draw close to the love of our Heavenly Father. We need to feel accepted and loved, and He provides the biggest love available. Spending quality time reading your bible and praying on a daily basis will bring you close to His love. So—when the bad days come, your preparation readies you to be comforted in His love and peace! If you are having difficulty drawing close to God—read His truth, read the bible. Go to Him in prayer, He understands you better than you understand yourself! He wants you to turn to Him.
The apostle Paul says this in the book of Romans, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:35, 37-39) The victory is ours!
If you are not a Christian and want to learn more, I urge you to attend a local Christian Church.