There’s a worship song that’s been ringing in my head for the last week. We sang it together in my church last week. It’s essentially the same thing as “Jesus Loves Me This I Know…” But the truth is there’s really no better theology (the study of religious faith, practice, and experience) than this; Jesus Loves You.
Two things and then I’ll let you go;
- God loves you no matter what. You cannot escape His love. I used to tell my youth groups; “We love you and there’s nothing you can do about it.” You can’t shake that love. Even if you don’t want it, it’s there. God’s love for you isn’t dependent on what you bring to the table (which isn’t much anyway). You can’t buy it, earn it or be good enough for it. It just is.
- There is nothing God cannot redeem. You might feel far from His love today, but I can assure you; He didn’t go anywhere. It’s usually us that moves. He is waiting to bring you back to Him. There is nothing God cannot make new. It’s like an old, sturdy piece of wood that was fashioned into a chair so long ago. It’s been worn down and now it sits in storage because no one can see any value in it. Then someone decides to take the time to restore it; sanding down the rough edges, putting a new coat of finish on the wood to make it shine. God does that with you. He’s really good at it. He can take something old and broken and make it into a brand new creation.
I am able to sing “He loves us…Oh How He Loves Us!” at the top of my lungs because I am redeemed…made new.
I used to have some really rough patches (some are still being sanded), but I’m thankful for a God that sees me how He made me; a beautiful work of art.
The creator…the artist…loves His work. And He really loves you!
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10 NLT
Matt Hastings lives with his wife Keri and their five children in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He is the pastor of the Estill Springs Church of the Nazarene. [Editor’s Note: Matt has graciously allowed us to republish his weekly email devotionals on our site for our readers.]