“My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
“Jesus loves you!”
This is statement we often hear growing up in church. Or maybe someone said it to you while you were checking out at a local grocery store… work place… on a bummer sticker… football games, etc. Point is… it is apart of our culture here in the states.
No matter your position on that statement… the reality is this, Jesus does love us and there is NOTHING we can do to earn it… or, deserve it. We’re loved beyond all comprehension and if I am honest… it’s hard for me to wrap my head around that concept! The reason I say that is because I wonder… “how could God love me!?” “Doesn’t He know the secrets of my heart? Is He aware of the darkness that resides there? I am good enough to be loved by God?!”
I am sure you understand and can relate to what I saying here. We all are in need of God’s love and thankfully, He gives it freely!
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
I never fully understood the love of God for me… until I got Moose. Moose is a Vizela and he came to us with lots of baggage. So much so that he has viscously bit me on 3 occasions. He also has bit my wife Jill on 3 occasions as well. My hand still has a scare as a reminder of one of the bites.
Most folks would have sent him away and maybe even put him down. It was with many tears and heartache that we chose to LOVE Moose no matter what. In other words… we weren’t going to give up in him. We chose instead to commit to him for the long haul and I spent countless nights whispering into the ears of Moose, “Daddy loves you Moose!” Over and over and over again… knowing full well, he could bite me again.
Today Moose has settled so nicely into his life with us. I LOVE him so much… I’ll do anything for him! He’s amazing!
God has taught me so much about His love for me through Moose! You see… I have bite the hand of God so many times… and each time, God has continued to gently whisper into my ears… “Ken, your heavenly Father loves you!”
People come and go… even to the point of giving up on you, BUT… God won’t!
I know I am loved of God… and in spite of me, He still loves me! Jesus, LOVES you too! You can’t earn it… or deserve it… He simply loves you! May that bring freedom and comfort into you day today!
… you are LOVED!