The following verse is not just a promise if you are in Christ Jesus, but a fact. Please let it sink into your inner most being:
“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalms 139:17 NLT)
Wow! God not only loves you, but He thinks about you!
This website attests to the fact that I have a passion to study the Bible deeply, and in so doing, fill my head with theology. But lately, the Holy Spirit has been turning my head back to the simplistic bedrock facts rather than the deep intellectual aspects. Let me illustrate. I try to walk at least 3-6 miles every day on the peaceful country roads where I live. It is a great time for praying and singing to my LORD. Since the first day of the New Year, I find myself starting off my walks by singing this simple childhood song I used to sing to my children as they were growing up:
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”
It doesn’t stop there. My whole being is being reshaped at almost 61 years of age, having been a Spirit-Filled Christian for most of it. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE is what it is all about.
Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39 NLT)
“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 NKJV)
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NKJV)
If I ever want to have an impact for Jesus, the rock-solid truth that ‘I am loved and must love in return’ has to be at the very center! But this is the one truth that we Christians have a harder time grasping than any other. We think we grasp it, but many of us are only fooling ourselves.
The core of the New Testament is that God Loves You! Problem is that most of us only grasp that in our head and it never sinks down into our heart. But it must be grasped in the inner most depth of our heart. How do we know when it is taken seat in our heart? John, the Apostle of Love, tells us:
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18 NKJV)
As the limitless riches of God’s love sinks into my heart day after day, there is no room for fear, anger, regret, jealousy, pride, unforgiveness, hate, anxiety, depression, bitterness, etc. All these nasty things that the devil wants to fill me with are driven out. My thoughts are literally revolutionized. My actions follow.
I would like to quote Gary Wilkerson:
“I want that kind of life—-one that loves God and loves people. Not one that keeps a list of to-do’s from the Bible, or chases theological mysteries, or talks about the Father’s love only to other Christians.”
I would like to leave you with the following music video by Jason Gray that not only reminds me, but all of us, of who we really are to Jesus Christ. May it touch you the same as it touched me. There is a whole world out there needing LOVE. Let’s get moving!