Jesus Loves Me, This I Know?
I would like to pitch out a simple poll to test the waters on some writing I’m doing. I’m not prepared to talk a lot about it yet but I hope to soon. At this stage, I’m exploring my own past struggles in accepting God’s unconditional love towards me. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve written in my journal, “I want to be your Rachel and not your Leah.” Anyone? The Lord has done a work in me the last few months in this area and I’m hoping to share more about that with those of you who are still in that place.
You can choose up to 2 answers below or add your own response. You are welcome to leave a comment to further explain your answer if you’d like but that’s not necessary. Thank you for being willing to share your hearts with me!
I had to comment.
I know without a doubt that God loves me and that in fact He is “in love with me.” My issue is being “in love with Him.” I love Him, but I feel like it should be so much more. You know, like a Beth Moore love for Jesus. I want what she says she has. When she says she is “in love” with Him, I ache for that at times.
I know it isn’t what you asked for, but I’m just like that! HA!
.-= Julie´s last blog ..Easter 2010 =-.
I undoubtedly and certainly believe God both loves and delights in me, my struggle is with feeling like I deserve it! Knowing my past, my present and the mistakes I will make in the future I sometimes can’t fathom how God could love a mess like me. Then, He (God) does something amazing to prove to me over and over that not only does He love me, he delights in me! Crazy! But such a comfort to know that I am loved more than I can even know!
.-= Christina´s last blog ..True Love =-.
I totally can relate to what Julie said above. I KNOW that God loves me, but constantly feel that I don’t measure up to my perceptions of what He expecfts…I feel like a disapointment. I know that my prayer time and bible study time are sorely lacking, and I want that kind of love that Beth Moore talks about…but it seems like its for others, not me.
Okay, so I’m here to echo the other ladies. I don’t feel like I say that to God. Instead, I feel Him say it to me. He wants to be my one and only, and I seem to put him on a list — and not always at the top. Just being honest.
.-= Michelle @ Lemonade Life´s last blog ..A Quiet Return =-.
I find it to be an amazing and overwhelming thought to think that God actually “delights” in me. How can the creator of the universe desire a deep relationship with me?? I definitely have a head knowledge of His unconditional love, but don’t measure up in my own mind!
Ok, I just had to comment too. =0) To begin with , I have had a relationship with Jesus from an early age, and yet while He was faithful, I was not always. I made a lot of mistakes that I *knew better.* But God showed mercy on me and I made a decision as an adult to surrender my life to Him. I was a chubby girl from middle school through college and into my first years of marriage. I point this out because god changed my perspective of “how” He see me from the inside out. One of the first things I had to come to know was that (Psalm 139:14) I was fearfully and wonderfully made and that MY SOUL KNOW IT. (my mind, will, emotions, thoughts, etc) had to come into agreement with His word about me. The second thing that changed me is (Rom 8:28) that God would cause all things (even my past) to be used for good according to His purposes.
So this God of the universe loves me just because I am me and it pleases Him that I choose to love and obey Him. Thankfully it isn’t based on my performance (or I would be in trouble!
Anyway, sorry I got preachy there for a few minutes. But I am so thankful that for really knowing this love (it has taken a long time comin’!) and i know that God wants that for all of us. ~ Kelly ♥
.-= kelly´s last blog ..Vigilant Wives Club (4)- A wise woman builds her house… =-.
I plan to vote “undoubtedly and with certainty”, but I also need to further elaborate. I think because there was not a single man in my life, growing up and even now- with the exception of my husband, who loved me- let alone unconditionally, who protected or provided for me, etc… it’s difficult for me to fully wrap my head around the concept of God’s passion and love for His children.
It’s only been through reading the bible and time after time after time… after time… of circumstances in which I have no choice but to trust in Him, that I can clearly see His heart really is for us and not against us. Though for me, it’s still tough I do believe it.
Rationally, reasonably, I have no doubt at all that God both loves and delights in me. Emotionally, I feel like a constant disappointment. I guess when it comes down to it, I share the sentiments of Christina and Cindi… I know God loves me, I just don’t believe I deserve it (which, really, is kind of the point, isn’t it?). As a result, I keep trying to tell God that He doesn’t shouldn’t want me (hmm… talk about problem thinking).
But I’m working on it. Or rather, God is.
.-= Bethany´s last blog ..On to something completely frivolous… =-.