This is the third installment 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:
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.