Recently, I was challenged by my pastor to let God love me for five minutes every day. I’ve been doing it and it has been amazing. I have been so humbled. I’ve been able to allow the Lord to deal with old ‘baggage’ that needed to be thrown out. As my tears flow, I feel the Lord washing my spirit. It’s wonderful.
There are so many, many verses in the Bible that talk about God’s love for us. John 3:16 “For God so loved…” God loved you and me so much that He gave His life for us. He has called us and chosen us. He bought us with His own blood.
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” It is so easy to build walls in our lives because of fear of rejection. If you go after God, He will meet you. If you reach for Him, He reaches for you. He wants you. He has drawn you to Himself. You aren’t rejected. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Remember the story of the Prodigal Son? It’s found in Luke 15:11-24. I want to focus especially on Luke 15:20 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” The father RAN to his son. He tackled him to the ground ‘fell on his neck’ and kissed him! That father loved his son so much, he RAN to meet him. That’s just how much God loves YOU. You are so precious to God that if you just start toward Him, He will RUN to meet you. He will pour out His love onto you. He will overwhelm you with His love.
Although there are many verses in the Bible that talk about God’s love for you, I want to focus in on just one more bit of Scripture: Rom 8:35, 38-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The only thing that can separate you from the love of God is your own thoughts. If you refuse to accept God’s love, you can’t receive it. (That’s true of any relationship.)
So, here’s your challenge: Spend five minutes every day allowing God to just love on you. I guarantee you, you will never be the same. In the comments below, tell me about how you allowed God to love you and how you were changed.