“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands….” ~Isaiah 49:16
Too often people feel that they don’t deserve God’s love. Their feelings may come from their present situation of life or from things they have done in their past. Maybe it’s just from a surety of never being able to do anything good enough for God. Whatever the reason, they all come from a center of lies.
Here’s the truth. First of all, we are all messed up human beings. Every single one of us. No one is exempt. Some have, by God’s grace and a lot of hard work, come to a place of being less messed up than others. But those are few. Most of us struggle every day against “the sin that so easily entangles.” (Heb. 12:1) We are all working hard to submit to the Father and live under His laws. Remember, life is a marathon, not a sprint, and the racetrack is narrow. We all must continually make adjustments to stay on the right path. And we all, at one time or another, choose to fall off the path.
That’s where the second truth comes in. God loves us unconditionally regardless of our past or present state, and His grace and mercy is plentiful and waiting. No matter how much we screw up (otherwise known as sin), He is ready and waiting to forgive us and help us get back on track. Our choices will not always be right, but His love for us will always be abundant.
- Do you believe you are worthy of God’s love? (It’s a trick question. None of us are worthy.) So why does God love us?
- Read Genesis 9:6. In whose image are you made?
- What are the qualities that God wants to fill you with through His Holy Spirit? (See Galatians 5:22-23.)
- What truth can we rely on every day about how God feels about us? Write it out using personal pronouns.
Father, thank You for Your unconditional love. I know You love me even in all my messiness. Guide me, by Your love, to run the race with boldness and in Truth. Amen.