Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jesus Loves Me

For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
                         John 3:16 NIV

     One of my favorite songs tells the story of God’s love in such simple form that it has burned in my heart since childhood.

Jesus loves me this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so

     Some days I need to be reminded that I am loved of God—that Jesus loves me. When life grabs me by the nap of the neck and shakes me like an angry dog, Jesus loves me. When my day begins by basking in the glorious sunlight of God’s love but quickly turns to a raging storm of fear and doubt, Jesus loves me. When health turns to sickness, wealth turns to poverty or friendships end in loneliness, Jesus loves me. When I look in the mirror and see myself as I really am, even then Jesus loves me.

     God loves you and me so much that He sent His Son to earth to pitch His tent, to tabernacle among men, to live as we live in order that we may know His great love. For anyone who might wonder just how far God would go to prove His love, Jesus came all the way from heaven’s throne to Calvary. He traded His royal robe for a simple linen garment. He left the praise of angels for the scorn of man. He left untold riches to live as a carpenter’s son. He laid down His royal diadem in exchange for a crown of thorns. Jesus loves you and me. 

     So the next time satan tempts you to believe that you are alone, unloved and unworthy of being loved, remember there is a Redeemer, Jesus Christ the Lord and He loves you. If you think you are beyond help, that you have gone too far, sinned too much and that you are beyond God’s grace, remember the words of John, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  (John 1:29) That includes you and me.

     If God could use fishermen, a tax collector, a doctor and yes even a murderer to shake the world and spread the good news that Jesus lives and He loves you, then surely He can take your life and mine and use us to change our world as we too tell the story of Jesus and His love. His message is easily understood—Jesus loves you this I know, for the Bible tells me so!

© Joyce Powell

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