True confession: When I was a kid and people told me “God loves you,” it didn’t make me feel special because I knew God loved everybody. I would almost get angry at these well meaning people telling me that God loved me. People said it so much just like “I’m praying for you” that something got lost in the meaning – for ME. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad He loved me and I knew some people actually did pray for me.
God loves everybody. He really does. The truth is even though there are billions of people, He loves each of us as individuals, personal and as intimate as we desire our relationship with Him to be. The choice is ours to draw near to Him. When we seek Him He draws near to us. He is waiting for us to make that step towards Him.
Being a child of God is a pure love and greater privilege than any relationship on earth. I used to always proclaim my love for Him but truly it is all about Him loving me. After all He is Almighty God and I am just one of the billions of people He created. He knows me and still loves me! He gave His Son Jesus to die so me and you can choose everlasting life that holds promise to a life beyond our imaginations filled with peace, love and joy unspeakable.
I am not belittling our relationships on earth at all as they too can be beautiful and fulfilling but none like our relationship with the LORD. The more I study the life of Jesus and His relationships recorded in the Bible combined with my own personal experience with the LORD, the more His love for me amazes me.
One of my favorite stories is when Mary Magdalene was at the empty tomb of Jesus on the morning of His Resurrection. According to John, Mary Magdalene was at the tomb while it was still dark and saw the stone rolled away. The disciples came but went back home. The following is what happens next:
John 20:11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in [a]Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.
Yes, He loves everyone but not everyone IS the same. It is beautiful when Jesus spoke Mary’s name she recognized Him. Mary Magdalene followed Jesus even to the cross. Of all the things Jesus could of said He chose to say her name in the loving way she would recognize. He didn’t say I just came from defeating death, hell and the grave or where is everyone else? He said, “Mary!” Can you imagine the Joy and the love that was in the garden during those moments when Mary Magdalene recognizes her Lord Jesus!! I can only imagine.
Millions of women and men are searching for love in all the wrong places. Would it be good to be married to one who seeks after God. Absolutely, I think it would -but no relationship on earth will ever fulfill the longing we have, the void in our hearts for a relationship with our Creator God through Jesus Christ. Jesus’s life purpose was driven by God’s unconditional passionate love and plan to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him…forever. If you do not know Jesus as your personal LORD and Savior now is the time. Please email me or visit http://www.searchforjesus.net
May we grasp the Truth that we are or can belong to The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY whose loves us without ceasing…
37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Almighty God loves YOU with a Prevailing LOVE. He proved it over 2000 years ago.