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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Jesus paid the price for your sins. He saved you. And this love from God . . . it endures forever.
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.
Whatever bad you may have done, the Lord still loves you. That is a promise.
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:
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...
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.
This is the greatest love of all. Here it is again:
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 you, be your God, strengthen 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.