"Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, it there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things." Phil 4:8

April 23, 2011

If you doubt His love for you...

If you doubt His love for you...listen to what he did for YOU!

We are ALL unworthy, undeserving, and wretched, but God sees us as His children. 

If you have children, think about each one of them. 
Are they perfect? 
Do the do naughty things, I mean really naughty things? 
Do they make you angry?
Are they unloving, ungrateful, selfish? 
Have they rejected your authority, your love for them? 
 wouldn't you do anything, even be willing to lay down your life for them?
Well, we are God's children and He loves each of us and desires to have a relationship with us again.  He loves us so much, that He sent His ONLY Son (who was the only perfect sacrifice) to die in our place.

Now look at Jesus
He was perfect!
He did nothing wrong!
He loved us so much He stood in for us and took the punishment and died in our place!
He was never selfish!
He was rejected even unto death!

It is an indescribable gift, that we have been given, and we are not worthy of it.
The gift has been given, receive it! 
If you have received the gift, take care of it, remember how much it meant to you when you first received it and how grateful you are that you have it.
Don't doubt His love for you!

Ephesians 2:11-18 

11 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.


Dawnmarie said...

I love it.

It is so simple.

How do we humans miss it?

Pastor Duke said...

I think it is that doubt of His love and acceptance of us that pushes people to extremes. Either extremely legalistic or extremely pseudo-spiritual.

Great Post!