God's Amazing Love for You

I wrote a letter to YOU the other day. It was very important because it's something the God of the universe wants you to know. It talks about how Jesus died for all of your sins. Why did he do that? Because God loves you so much. Oh, how He loves you. Today, I want to write you another letter. And this is for YOU. If you think you don't deserve God's love, you are right. You don't. And I talked about that in the previous letter. But if you think it's too late for you to receive that love or that that love will never apply to you, you're wrong. Read my first letter to you because that's where it all starts.

How can you know God loves you? He says so. How deep does it go? Deeper than you can comprehend. This is a letter just for you, from me to you, BUT this is not what I'm saying. This is all what God wants you to hear about His amazing love for you.

To whoever is reading this...

Right now, God wants you to know this:

His love for you, right in this moment, is so great.

God loves YOU. He has since the beginning, and He always will. He already demonstrated this love for you by offering you forgiveness, so read about that first. He did that because He loves you, and today I want to remind you of that.

You need to know that nothing you could ever do in this life will separate you from His love. The Bible says so.

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 us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 8:38-39 NIV

That is absolutely amazing, that verse. Let that sink in. Meditate on each word. And it doesn't stop there. God cares about you so much--every dream, desire, struggle, fear, etc. you have--He cares.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
— 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

When we think of true love and relationships, we're always thinking about the other person sacrificing something for the other because that is how deep their love is. Well let me tell YOU, God did do that for you. He will save your life. He will sing over you. And He is with you now.

‘The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.’
— Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

I don't know for sure what your life has been like or how your parents treat you. I pray your parents treat you with the love God shows for His children, but even if they don't, God's love will not fail you. He is the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48).

‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
— Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV

I mentioned this yesterday, and I'll tell you this again: God died for you. Our sin causes separation from a holy, perfect God. But even though we were sinners . . . God loves you enough to die for you anyway so that you can be reconciled to Him.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8 NIV

Jesus paid the price for your sins. He saved you. And this love from God . . . it endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
— Psalm 107:1 NIV

God's love for YOU is so much higher. It is so great. You can't even comprehend it. Do you ever try to think about heaven and how great it will be, and you just can't do it? I can't. I just know it will be amazing. The movie I loved and watched with my grandma, The Perfect Stranger, made an interesting comment that I could resonate with. It said that as humans living in a fallen world, we can't even comprehend how amazing heaven will be. And I think this can apply to God's love too. In a world where rejection, loneliness, and hatred exist, it's hard to actually comprehend God's love. But just know this: it surpasses what anyone could ever give you. It is amazing.

For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
— Psalm 108:4 NIV

Whatever bad you may have done, the Lord still loves you. That is a promise.

For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
— Lamentations 3:31-32 NIV

You don't listen to God. I know you haven't because I haven't either. There have been times I deliberately did what I wanted to do instead of what I KNEW God wanted me to do. I've failed to remember how God has provided for me before, and instead I let worry consume me. I can be very rebellious, and I know you are too. We all are. But God promises this anyway:

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,
— Nehemiah 9:17 NIV

Whoever says God is cruel is wrong. He is just (2 Thessalonians 1:6), but He is so merciful. He loves you so much because He IS love (1 John 4:8). And we know this, ultimately, because...

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
— 1 John 4:9-10 NIV

We didn't love God, He loved us. He loves you even if you haven't been loving towards Him. We can live through Jesus. That is what 1 John 4:9 says. See, this is why I hate cheesy romance movies because they have no idea what true love is. True love is 1 John 4:9 and 10. And that love is extended to YOU. Right now.

And if that alone was amazing, God has been pursuing you with His amazing love even still. Even now.

‘I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
— Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

This is the greatest love of all. Here it is again:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
— John 15:13 NIV

And that love is being extended to you. Right now.

This is what God, in His love, does for you

  • He will guide you, satisfy your needs, and strengthen you (Isaiah 58:11).
  • He will call you, take hold of your hand, and keep you (Isaiah 42:6).
  • He will be with yoube your Godstrengthen you, help you, and uphold you (Isaiah 41:10).
  • He will never leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
  • He will bless you with peace (Psalm 29:11).

And friend, that's just a very small list that I could elaborate on, and I encourage you to study your Bible and do just that. Because I don't know about you, but those are beautiful truths, and I want my mind filled with THAT. And this love can be yours! What are you waiting for?!

I pray that you would accept that love from God, store it in your heart, and run to Him. He is waiting for you. Wherever you are at, whatever you have done, God still loves you. His love for you is that great--just meditate on the above verses. His love is so great for you that He has a plan for you, too (Jeremiah 29:11). And I can't wait to start talking to you about that. But right now, please go to Him. Accept His love. Live in it daily. Let it be the center of your life. Once you know this, no one can bring you down.

Your sister in Christ, Ashlee Mae