It is true: You are unconditionally loved. Take a second to let that soak in.
From the Inside Out by Hillsong United starts with these lyrics:
“A thousand times I’ve failed,
Still your mercy remains.
Should I stumble again,
Still I’m caught in Your grace.”
It is such a great thing to be reminded that God’s grace and mercy is constantly wrapped around us when we haven’t quite measured up. Or at least when we feel we haven’t quite measured up. How often do you find yourself feeling less-than or unlovable?
My devotional this morning got my mind spinning on just how huge God’s love is. My devotionals said this:
How it grieves Me to see my children working for love: trying harder and harder, yet never feeling good enough to be loved. Be careful that your devotion to me does not become another form of works. I want you to come into my presence joyfully and confidently.
How beautiful is this reminder! We don’t have to work for God’s love. We don’t have to earn it. He already loves us!
How often do you catch yourself working and doing things to please others, with the hopes of earning their love and praise? How many times do you become discouraged when you feel that it isn’t enough, or you aren’t enough?
It is amazing to me that we serve this God who doesn’t ask us to work for His love, but who gives it to us freely every day.
Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you; the mighty One will save you. He will rejoice over you. You will rest in his love; he will sing and be joyful over you.
I love that! It reminds me of a proud parent, who discovers her child is on the honor roll. Or the proud teacher who watches her students finally understand something and succeed. Those two people are completely rejoicing over their children! That is what God does, every single day!
To know that He, the God of the Universe, is rejoicing over you, wow! You are as a spec of dust compared to the Universe and all the creations in it, and yet God is joyful over you!
I simply cannot fathom the vastness of His love, and the pride He feels for each of His children. You don’t have to work to please people, in fact you shouldn’t work to please people (Galations 1:10, Colossians 3:23, Ephesians 6:5). Why? Mostly because we are called to work for God alone, but also because you have the biggest, greatest and most powerful Man on your side who is absolutely in love with you!
Take some time today to truly breathe that in, to truly let God remind you of this simple truth. You are enough, exactly where you are and you will always be enough! Stop working to please people, because you will never get there. Stop trying to earn God’s love, because you are already there. God is rejoicing over you, He is proud of you and he is completely in love with you, forever and always.
Have an extremely blessed day,