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April 16, 2020
God loves you
Mary Southerland

Today's truth

Thank the god of the gods. His love lasts forever (Psalm 136: 2, NIV).

Friend to friend

God loves you. He created you. The words of Psalm 139 wonderfully express the heart of God to each of us: “For you have created my innermost being; You knitted me in the womb. I praise you for being terribly and wonderfully made. Your work is wonderful. I know that very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in a secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my undeformed body. All days designated for me were written in your book before one of them came into being ”(Psalm 139: 13-16).

A healthy self-image is not an image of pride or arrogance, but one that is in line with God's point of view. It is about learning to accept God's assessment of who we are, learning how God sees us, nothing more and nothing less, learning who we are in his eyes and giving him permission to do so to do what he designed us for. In his eyes everyone is valuable. We are all sinful and broken, wounded and sick, and he still loves us. In fact, Jesus is drawn to brokenness. Broken people are the reason why he came. With persistence and persistent love, he persecutes those others who can only avoid – like the woman at the well.

John 4: 5-9 Finally he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar near the property that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's fountain was there; and Jesus, tired from the long way, sat tired at noon by the well. A Samaritan woman soon came to draw water and Jesus said to her, "Please give me something to drink." He was alone at the time when his disciples had gone to the village to buy something to eat. The woman was surprised because Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans ”(NLT).

Little is known about this woman and what we know is not good. She was immoral and mentally ignorant, an outcast who was despised by the Jews and even by her own people. She was very popular with the men of the village who bought them to satisfy their own physical pleasure, and then tossed them aside like a broken, damaged, and used doll. I'm sure this woman had no illusions that she meant absolutely nothing to these men.

At the beginning she may have convinced herself that they looked after her and maybe even loved her, but I imagine that the illusion was short-lived. While studying your life, I have often wondered if there has ever been a man in your life that you love or that you can trust. I don't know what led this woman to such an empty and futile existence, but I know about Jesus that the old life was over. He did not care. He looked at this woman with healing and forgiving eyes and saw his precious child. He just loved her – right where she was and the way she was. He recognized their worth, their worth – and he loved them.

God loves you. He paid for your sin. God defined his unconditional and unrelenting love for you and me when he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a baby. And Jesus said, "Yes!" What a great gift! God's love for us compelled Jesus Christ to willingly exchange a throne for a crib, divinity for humanity, and heaven for earth.

John 3:16 (NIV) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son. Whoever believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life. "

God's love changes everything and everyone who receives it. God's love protects and breathes life and purpose every minute of every day. God's love is an immeasurable gift that surrounds and covers us when the fire of life rains.

I know that many of you are experiencing this fire of life this year. No job and no prospect of you. Someone you love is very sick or you are the one who struggles to survive every day. A rebellious child broke your heart. A secret addiction is slowly destroying your life. Her spouse packed his bags and went out the front door because he doesn't want to be married anymore.

Do not believe the enemy's lies when he tells you that your God has left you. God is with you – Emmanuel. He endured the cross entirely because he loves you. Nobody can take your place in the heart of the father. God knows your pain and he understands. God created you and paid your sin for one reason only – He loves you. Not because you are so lovable, but because he is love.

Let's pray
God, I need your love. My life is full of scars and wounds that can only be healed by your love. I celebrate the love that you offer so freely. I accept the gift of your love and thank you for its transforming power in my life. I love you father.

In Jesus name

Amen.

Now it is your turn
Read and remember John 3:16. Write it down in your diary.

John 3:16 (NIV) “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only son. Whoever believes in him will not perish, but will have eternal life. "

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