There is always that time when we revisit that old question “does Jesus really loves me?” Sometimes, it is hard to believe that Jesus loves us, it is easy to even question if this “Jesus story” is true considering many experiences we might have had. You may have lost a loved one, you may have had people rejected you severally and you may have failed at things even after you had prayed.
One thing is this, God never promised that all the answers to your prayers would be “yes’. He never promised that you would live all your life without experiencing problems and He never said you wouldn’t lose your loved ones. Sometimes, the people we are praying for to live are praying that they leave this earth and sometimes what we want for ourselves isn’t what God wants for us. It doesn’t matter how tough God’s decision is on us, it is usually for our good.
Who would have believed that God orchestrated all the challenges that Joseph faced? Who would have believed that those challenges we’re channels through which Joseph would become glorified? Even Jesus as a human found it tough at some point that He had to pray ” if only this cup shall pass over me but let your will be done!” There is always that point of pain in our lives, some of these pains may be caused by our own decisions but sometimes they are part of our making process.
Hardship isn’t the proof of God’s hatred, it doesn’t mean there is no God! You have parents who love you but sometimes they make tough decisions for you simply because they love you. This is why after the humanity in Jesus declared his own will, he still went ahead to submit to God’s will which was hard to bear. Let’s read the words of Jesus as reported in Luke 22:42
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Do you see that? Dying on the cross wasn’t something the humanity of Jesus desired but it was the will of God and the human-Jesus submitted wholly to it. You may experience worse things but they aren’t pointers that you are not loved by God. Unfortunately, we live in an era where positive confessions seem to have been regarded as the sole force that controls our lives. So, when you confess money and suddenly meet lack, you are forced to think that God doesn’t love you but that is true! In 1 Corinthians 11:9, we see Paul saying
“And when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything, I kept myself from being a burden to you and will continue to do so.”
Even as God has wrought many miracles through the hands of Paul, there were still those times Paul experienced lack and was in need! You can be in need at times; it as an unhealthy misunderstanding of the scriptures that lead people into the erroneous thinking that God’s promises for His children are usually material things. Some principles in the Bible aren’t iron solid rules. Although obedience to our parents can make us live long in the sense that they will commit certain things and train us in good health, it doesn’t mean there aren’t chances that someone would die prematurely.
If Jesus had lived to a hundred years and still died, we would still be saved but why did He had to die young? Several times that some Christians died young, lots of people keeps assuming that they must have done something wrong but this isn’t always the case. God may not have taken their lives but many times, He allows certain things to happen in His own wisdom. We may not know all the answers but He knows. Let’s progress…
Another reason people question if God loves them is because of their past! But God’s word is clear that we are loved despite what our past looks like. The Bible says in John 3:16 that God loved us so much even while we were lost in sin that He gave up Jesus for our sake! We see in Romans 5:8 that this is the demonstration of God’s love. He wasn’t waiting for us to love Him first, He just loved us despite our flaws. How then can our past or even present issues change God’s mind towards us? It’s not possible.
If God required nothing from our own part to save us, He requires nothing to love us. If God loved us while we were yet sinners, He would continue loving us no matter what! We aren’t loved based on merit but based on God’s grace. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (ESV), Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it (NIV)”.
Salvation is a display of God’s love, it can’t be separated from God’s love. We can’t talk about salvation without talking about His love because it was His love that caused the salvation of man. God’s love is not something we could or can afford, it is something we simply receive by believing.
You can picture yourself as one of the criminals who was crucified with Jesus on the cross, you would be like the one who believed or the one who never believed depending on your own faith. The one who doubted Jesus played dice, he told Jesus to save Himself and them if He is truly the son of God but the one who believed wasn’t playing dice, he professed his faith outrightly and Luke 23:40-43 says
“But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Jesus didn’t despise this sinner’s non-complex but sincere faith and by faith, the thief tapped into the salvation Jesus had offered. Jesus didn’t judge him for how he had lived his life, Jesus didn’t judge him for not having time to make up with the wrongs he had done, Jesus accepted him without reserve.
Throughout our childhood, we would always sing “yes Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so…” And as we grow and have some terrible experiences we revisit these songs and we ask ourselves, “how much does Jesus love me?” He loves us without reserve, He is careless with His love towards us and the Bible says in Romans 8:35,38-39
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?… And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
All that is left for you is to accept this love. Whether you are were in doubt or you have never confessed God’s love for you before, you may take some seconds to say this prayer
“Precious Lord, I accept your love for me. I wouldn’t earn it but you just gave it to me freely. I believe that I am loved by you despite my flaws and right now I submit to you as my Lord and my saviour. I receive your gift eternal life and I am born again. Thank you, Lord.”
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