No matter what turn your life might take, don’t ever forget that God really loves you. Many people feel unloved and unwanted, and man can be cold and uncaring. But God loves all men from the most despicable sinner to the purest Christian. He has demonstrated that love by sending His only Son to die for our sins. Remember John 3:16 from the first chapter? The Apostle Paul also writes. “God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Why would God send His only Son to die a cruel death for wicked men? Just because He loves us and wants us in Heaven with Him. Paul, himself once a sinner, illustrates God’s love in Titus 3:3, 7. “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slave to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by men and hating one another; but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.” Is there anything we have done to earn God’s love? No! Is there anything we have done to earn salvation? No! It is only because of God’s great love for us and by His grace that we can have salvation through Jesus Christ. Don’t ever think that God does not love you. His love is steady and sure. Paul says in Romans 8:38-39 that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. God loves you! Think about it! And because he does He has saved you and called you to a life of blessing in Christ. Salvation is the first gift you have received from God, but the treasures of His love will bring more gifts to you, both spiritual and material, time and time again.
So believe it! Act upon it! Experience it! Thank God for it! He loves you!
At times it will seem as though God is a million miles away. But He’s not. Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. ( Matthew 28:20). Furthermore, He said, if a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Father will love him, and we will come to him and, make our home with him” (John 14:23).
God is always with us. He is faithful. You may slip and fail Him from time to time, but He will still be faithful to you. Many scriptures attest to God’s faithfulness (read Psalms 23:4, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, and 2 Thessalonians 3:3). Perhaps the classic statement on God’s faithfulness to us is found in Deuteronomy 7:9. God said, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”
No matter what you may feel like, God is present with you at all times, for He is faithful. Trust Him.
Acknowledge His presence. You can depend upon Him.
Now that you’ve studied the four things God wants you to know, let’s review them.