God Loves YOU

This is taken from my up and coming devotional:

Day 1

 

 

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I know it’s hard to believe, but at the heart of the Christian faith it’s true. God’s only son Jesus (or Yeshua in Hebrew) came to serve as a mediator between us and the Father. In the movie Ransom with Mel Gibson, we see a mother and father who deeply love their only son. Yet when their son is kidnapped that love is intensified. The mother is engulfed in a sea of emotion and isn’t sure what to do to get her beloved son back into her arms.

 

The father shares in that same overwhelming emotion, yet as a father and a man, he knows that he must do something. He is willing to do anything to get his son back from the evils that surround him, even if it means giving his up his own life.

 

Much is the same for the God and his son Jesus, God – the farther see’s humanity and creation at odds with themselves and each other. He sees that because of sin, trees eventually lose all their color and die. He sees that humanity largely chooses to go its own way.  So the father acts on our behalf.  He freely gave his son Jesus to come, not only to live among us, but also to die and resurrect so that those who believe and love Him might be able to inherit a promise bigger than the universe that surrounds us.

 

I’m sure this all sounds well and good, but, if you are like me, you might think to yourself “Why would God love someone like me?” You might have days where you sin and feel horrible about yourself afterwards. You might feel like you could never be free from memories of the past.

 

Believe me, I know how it feels to believe that the endless cycle will never stop. But we have to look in the eyes of Jesus. He is our way out of the seemingly endless cycle of sin and shame. We will not be sinless until we see him face to face, but we can know that in him we have new life His mercies are new every morning, our sins are separated as far as the east is from the west and that we are white as snow.

 

Further reading:

New Life: Romans 6

His mercies are new every morning: Lamentations 3:22-23

As far as the east is from the west: Psalm 103:12

White as snow: Isaiah 1:18

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God Loves YOU

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