God loves you!
The Bible says that God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16). God loves you! Do you believe this? Too many people believe that they could never be good enough for God to love them. Perhaps you feel like this, but the good news is, we can be freed from feelings and false ideas about God by the truth of God’s word and the demonstration of his love.
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) God loves you because he chooses to love you in spite of your failures and wrong doing. Jesus said He loved us while we were still in rebellion against him, (Romans 5:8) and he will never stop loving us (Jeremiah 31:3).
God is Love
God is in his nature love (1 John 4:8), and when we talk of love we are talking about a relationship. God in his very essence is relational – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, living in love as a community together. This is the God who made the world and us in His image. You have been created in the likeness of a relational God and so it follows that we are created with a deep longing for relationship. We long to love deeply and be deeply loved. Relationships are the most exciting and meaningful aspect of our lives.
Made for Relationship
Nicky Gumble (pioneer of the Alpha course) in his booklet called ‘Why Jesus?’ put it like this “You and I were created to live in a relationship with God. Until we find that relationship there will always be something missing in our lives. As a result, we are often aware of a gap. One rock singer described it by saying: ‘I’ve got an emptiness deep inside.’ A woman, in a letter to me, wrote of ‘a deep deep void’. Another young girl spoke of ‘a chunk missing in her soul’. People are often aware of a sense of emptiness to their life, like something significant but elusive and difficult to describe is somehow missing
Mind the Gap
The Bible describes God as the perfect loving Father who wants desperately to embrace his lost children (Luke 15). If we don’t have a relationship with God or if we did but have wandered off, Jesus is actively seeking to bring us back to God. Luke 19:10 says For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Until we find that relationship there will always be something missing, a gap in our lives. We can choose to live our lives apart from God, but we are often aware something is missing.
Jesus loves you!
We don’t need to go on living with this mixture of desire and discontentedness. According to the Bible, the reason for this sense of emptiness is that we have turned our backs on God (Isaiah 53:6). As a result, we hunger and thirst and no matter what we may try, we cannot be satisfied by things in this world. What we really need can’t be acquired with money and it’s no nearer to the person who is rich, famous or powerful than it is to the man who is living in poverty.
“I AM THE BREAD “
From criminal to loving father
Shane Taylor explains how Jesus Christ completely transformed his life from a violent criminal in maximum security prison to a loving husband and father.
Please carry on to the next step and find out more about what Jesus can bring forgiveness, freedom and healing in your life.