2019-4-11 – e-News

At a conference in the U.K., Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, spoke. After he finished speaking, Welby was asked what he believed to be the greatest challenge we face as Christ followers. Without a moment’s hesitation, the archbishop said, “Every Christian I meet … cannot quite believe that they are loved by God.”
What about you? Do you believe — deep down, in the core of who you are — that you are loved by God? Do you believe that the God of this whole universe has a special place in his heart for you? Well, he does. 1 John 3:1 says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
I’ve discovered that when we doubt the great love God has for us, it’s often because we’ve begun listening to other voices instead of to God. We listen to the voice of fear or insecurity or sin or the enemy, and the longer we listen and engage those voices, the more we believe them. The more we listen to them, the harder it is to believe, really believe, the promises of God — and the harder it is to believe that God truly loves us.
When I struggle with whether God truly loves me, I look back to the cross. I look back at the price he paid. A sacrifice like that isn’t made because God kind of loves you and me. It isn’t made because God likes us on some days (depending on how good we’ve been). No. God loves us. Period. When I look at the cross, I’m reminded of how very much God truly loves us! And if you believe that — well, that changes everything.
If you believe you are loved by God, then you have nothing to prove.
If you believe you are loved by God, then live a bold life of faith and adventure.
If you believe you are loved by God, then what others say about you loses its power.
If you believe you are loved by God, then your life has great meaning and purpose.
If you believe you are loved by God, then that’s enough.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 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.” -Ephesians 3:17b-19
Believing I am loved with you,
Pastor Kenneth
Mark Batterson, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God (New York: Multnomah, 2017), 187.
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