The symptoms of a life apart from faith in God’s love for us are many. We may find ourselves lost and lonely, searching for external gratification. We might try to fill the empty space in our hearts by searching for love from people, or approval for our behavior, or by looking for physical gratification from food, sex, or addictive substances. When we don’t understand the fullness of God’s love, we wind up with missing pieces in our hearts and in our lives. In the last post. we studied Ephesians 3:14-21 to find out how we can open ourselves up to being rooted and grounded in the love of God through the strength and faith that the Holy Spirit gives us.
When you begin to process what God’s love really means, a few things come to mind, based in scripture
Scriptural Affirmations of God’s Love
- God loves me and accepts me completely.
People may not always love and accept us for who we are, but God always does. That is because he made us. Psalm 139:13-14 says that God knitted you together in your mother’s womb and that he knows your very inner self, even the deepest parts of your personality that you don’t show anyone else. He even accepts the parts of us that we don’t accept ourselves! That doesn’t mean he accepts bad behavior, but it does mean that he understands us completely and he still loves us fully. He knows every one of your flaws and capabilities because He made you to be exactly who you are so that you would be able to serve Him and His kingdom. I take great comfort knowing that no part of my personality is hidden from God, and I do not have to worry about what He will think of me because He already knows exactly who I am; because God accepts me completely just where I am in my journey, I can accept myself, too.
God is never so disappointed in us that he gives up on us. The verses of Lamentations 3:22-23 tell us that His mercy and compassion are renewed each and every day. His patience with us is never exhausted. Even when we lose patience with ourselves and feel like we are not good enough, God still forgives us and loves us and has compassion for our struggles in life. His love is unwavering and unconditional.
- God has always loved me and accepted me completely.
Especially if you grew up without a loving and caring family, you may feel deep down that you are unwanted. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ephesians 1:4-6 (NABRE, emphasis added) has the following to say about how much God wants to be a part of your life:
…he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love 5 he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.
This means that, before you ever made the decision to commit your life to Christ, you were already chosen by God to be his adopted child. From before the very beginning of time and life itself, God planned on having me and you as part of his family.
- God will always and accept me completely.
God is love (John 4:8). His love does not change because love is who he is. Even though human love is sometimes seen as conditional, that does not change God’s eternal love. Conditional love is really not love, it is only approval. God’s love for us is unwavering. We cannot be unloved by God because that is outside of his nature. His nature does not change. The love of Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Even when life’s difficulties get in the way of our being able to feel secure, we can still know that God loves us and is working all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
I hope to repeat these affirmations and make these my memory verses, and I invite you to do the same. In my next post, I will continue with more scriptural affirmations of God’s love, particularly for tough times.