My son is 4 ½ years old and every night at bedtime, for the past two years, I sing to him Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and then we sing Yes Jesus Loves Me. The song Yes Jesus Loves me is such a simple truth. “Yes Jesus Loves Me because the Bible tells me so.” So simple that sometimes we do not give it the credit or better-said attention it deserves. But more importantly, if the Bible tells us Jesus loves us why do we still sometimes not believe that? Why are there days where we truly believe Jesus and God do not love us?
For many of us there is an internal thought process that is like a meter telling us, based on what we have done or are doing, how much we feel God loves us.
Does this sound familiar, allowing one’s judgment of one’s behavior to dictate how much God loves us. We then use it to put us down and convince ourselves that were not worthy of God’s love. Sometimes, we can actually take it so far as to equate God not loving us to whether we “feel” we are saved.
It can be that easy when you let your mind take control and judge what you did wrong. And then let it tell you how much God loves you? And if you believe God doesn’t love you, how can you believe anyone else can love you including yourself?
Would you like to stop this bad habit? Are you ready to take the song as literal Gospel truth? Yes Jesus Loves Me because the Bible tells me so. Well let’s go to the Bible. Let’s all read Ephesians 3 vs 16-19 and let it sink into your heart, mind and soul.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
That one line “may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” is so spot on. Your “inner being” is your heart, mind and soul. That is where you need to let the confident assurance that God loves you be residings.
What you do, what you say, what you think cannot effect how much God loves you.
I once read a great truth. “Nothing that you do or DON’T do can separate you from the Lord’s presence.” Often times, it is the “don’t do” that we can use, more effectively, against ourselves than what we did wrong.
Let that sink in for a moment. Nothing that we don’t do can separate us from the Lord’s presence. Often times, we can understand or accept that if we did something wrong or not Christ like, that we are forgiven. But when we don’t do something, THAT is when the thoughts can really take hold. We did not pray this morning or we did not pray long enough. I did not stay awake reading my Bible. Why don’t I smile at church? Everyone else is smiling. Why don’t I _______? We can all finish that sentence several times over.
Let’s read Romans 8 38-39. Read it out loud if you are in a place you can. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creations, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The line” nor anything else in all creation” includes EVERYONE OF US and what we think and what we do and don’t do.
I pray for all of you that this scripture, being rooted and established in love, sink into to you. And let the unsurpassable knowledge that, God wants you to fill your inner being and turn off permanently all negative meters in your head.
Amen! Praise God, his mercy endures forever