This is the third part of the I Am Series.

Our world is desperate for God’s Sons & Daughters to discover who we truly are. It’s not enough for us to just say we’re Sons & Daughters . . . we need to wrestle with what it actually means to be the children of God. And that is what the I Am Series is all about.

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“I have loved you . . . with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” —Jeremiah 31V3 NLT

I like this verse because it gives us two great descriptors of God’s love.

Everlasting. God has always loved you. Before you were born, He saw you, knew you, and loved you.

Unfailing. God’s love for you isn’t waning. It wasn’t stronger the day you got saved. It isn’t stronger when you are doing “good” and not as strong when you are doing “bad.” His love for you is a constant.

But if this is true, Why can it be so hard to experience God’s love?

Now more than ever before, we are distracted. We read thousands of words a day. We spend more than ten hours—most of our waking time—in front of a screen. We are flooded with information. We are busy. And this busyness can keep us from realizing God’s ever-present love.

Yet God whispers His love to us throughout the day, so we have to learn to turn our attention toward Him. Here are a few ways that I practice turning my attention toward God’s love:

  1. The last thought I think before I go to bed and as I wake up in the morning is, “God is near me, and He loves me.” (Psalm 139)
  2. I use what I see throughout the day as reminders of God’s love. For example: Anytime I see a bird flying, I use that as a reminder that God loves me. (Matthew 6:25-26)
  3. I listen to music that proclaims God’s love. I actually have a playlist that I keep updated with these kinds of songs. When a song comes out that I really like, I add it to this playlist.

It is a beautiful thing to find and feel God’s love, and from this realization we can take things one step further.

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” —John 13V34 NLT

If you have a hard time remembering that God loves you, chances are other people around you are having the same struggle. Even those people who seem like they’ve got this life thing figured out. Believe it or not, your mom needs to know she’s loved. Your dad needs to know he’s loved. It’s the same story for your brothers, sisters, friends, enemies, and coworkers. In fact, your world needs to see God’s love expressed through you.

But you have to first receive His love before you can share it with others.

Choosing to receive and give away God’s love is a higher way of being human. It can be scary and seem foolish, but embrace it. It’s the only life worth living. 

You are loved, so you love without reservation.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Maressa Bagli

    Austin, your speech is so clean and well organized that it makes your message come across even more powerful to the listener. Thank you for creating great content! We are so loved by our Father, his thoughts about us are precious and cannot be numbered.

  2. Brieana-Leigh

    I needed to be reminded of this today. Every word you said resignated so deep in my heart. I am going to make a playlist right now, such a great idea. Thank you thank you 🙏

  3. Sarah Jarvela

    Austin, I absolutely needed this message this morning! I have been struggling to love someone the way God loves me, and frankly I’ve been struggling to love myself the same way. I used to be reminded in my daily environment, how loved I was by God. That was all I thought about and everything reminded me of it. I didn’t realize at the time that I need to continue to cultivate an environment like that, to be reminded of it on a daily basis. Recently, God has called me to love another in a radical way. One that requires all of the love I have to give. I knew when I first prayed and came to this realization, that I would need to have God’s love so strongly in me so that I can help this person realize how much they are loved. It’s been a hard road, however, and the enemy seems to be working just as hard convincing them of the opposite. I needed this today to remind me of what I already knew: that I am radically loved by God regardless of my mistakes or what season I am in. I’ve gotten so focused on helping this person out in practical ways, that I forgot the mission I was put on in this first place: to love this person like God loves me. I believe that God’s love is strong enough to heal and to restore so much that the world has tried to break and destroy. its so easy to forget that we have the power to give that to other people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for this message. I love this series and what you all are doing here! Keep it up and let me know how I can support you 💙

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