I am loved! (Ephesians 1:4)
The Bible is truly a love story between God and His people. When sin came into the world, His justice demanded a punishment for sin, so He provided a way for man to have fellowship with Him. He gave man the law so they would know what sin was and what was hindering them in their relationship. God even provided the acts of sacrifice as a penance for sin.
But He always had a bigger, deeper plan. Because God loved me so much, he sent His only Son that if I believe in Him, I won’t perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). The system He set up paved the way for the coming of Christ and His ultimate sacrifice. His love provided a way for me to be in relationship with Him.
At its core, sin changed man’s relationship with God – that’s why Adam and Eve first hid from God, that is why they had to be removed from the Garden of Eden and forced to work the land and feel the pains of childbirth. And sin also brought death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
That’s how much God loves us. That’s how much God wants to be in relationship with us. While His goodness and righteousness demand justice, He not only provided a way to rectify the sins but paid the ultimate price once and for all. God loves me so much that He gave the gift of “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “God demonstrated his own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
And because of that love that He poured out for me, all I have to do is confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, and I will not only be saved from eternal punishment (Romans 10:9) but will come into a relationship with the God of the universe that loves me beyond measure, that adopts me as His son with full rights to inheritance, that sees me as holy and blessed because of the price His Son paid, for there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
Through this everlasting love, I will be in relationship with God for all of eternity. I can hold to this promise stated by the Apostle Paul: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate (me) from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
I am so very thankful that God loves me. That is part of who I am in Christ. I am loved by the Creator of the universe. Even with all my faults and same, He loves me.
He loves me!