What I've never understood is when people are told about the love of Jesus and how much He wants us to love Him and give our lives to Him, a lot of people will say "I'm not a good enough person." or "I've done too many bad things." ......But that's the whole point of the gospel!!! Jesus looks beyond all of that! He doesn't see us as we see ourselves. He looks on us with an incredible love that we cannot even imagine the depth of! He knows that we make mistakes. He knows that we have flaws and weaknesses. He knows that we will do things to break his heart. He knows everything about us. He knows us better than we know ourselves! AND HE STILL LOVES US and wants us to be His children and follow Him.
Lately I've really been struck by the significance of Jesus Christ's love for
me. So I know that Jesus loves me (the Bible tells me so) and I know that I am
supposed to live my life the way Jesus would want me to live it. So, shouldn't I
show Jesus' love to others? Not just people in my home, or people I love in my
life, but everyone? Why don't I??? Why do I judge people negatively in the
instant that I see them, instead of trying to look at them as Jesus looks at
them? This is one area that I am REALLY working through right now. I want to
see people and love them the way Jesus loves them. I want to see someone in
need and help them in any way that I can. I am a very blessed woman. God has
given me so much, and lately I have really felt this desire to give to people
in radical ways. I'm not going to list what I've been doing, because I want
that to remain between me and God. As I've started giving more, I just felt
like there was something missing. And lately, as I've thought about it, I think
what's been missing is the love of Jesus. I can give and give and give,
physical things; but if I am still looking on strangers with judging eyes and
scoffing thoughts, and not in love, then what good is my giving?? I want to see
people through the eyes of Jesus; to see people the way Jesus sees them. I want
everyone to know that there is NOTHING that you have done or said or thought
about that Jesus doesn't already know about....AND HE STILL LOVES YOU!!! He
still wants you to love Him and give your life to Him, so that He can greet you
in Heaven some day! No matter what you've done, no matter how many bad choices
you've made. No one is perfect. Not even me.....
Romans 3:23 For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were
still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 8:39 Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will
be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 4:7 Let us love one another, for love comes from God.
1 John 5:2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God
and carrying out his commands.