Do you feel accepted and loved by God?
Maybe you think that God doesn’t love you. Perhaps you’ve done something really bad in your life and can’t imagine that God in heaven could love you after what you’ve done. Sometimes, when we feel unloved by God, we can develop issues of low esteem. Or, we may harm our self or have other very unhealthy habits. This can often stem from feeling unworthy.
I have news for you. God DOES love you!
A few months back, when I was reading the Bible, I re-read a verse I had read many times before. I had always read the verse from the perspective of managing stress and worrying. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that we ought not worry, because, as for the birds in the sky, he’ll provide for us – he’ll care for us.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? ….. So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?…. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:25- 33
Jesus urges us to not worry, but to seek the Kingdom of God. When we focus on God and his Kingdom, we’re able to take the focus off of our issues.
But in the context of God loving us, look at the part of the verse I’ve highlighted. Jesus is telling you and me how valuable we are to his Father, the God who created us and brought us into being. He DOES love you… and you ARE valuable to him.
As you go throughout today, rest assured that God does love you, no matter what your past has been. He wants you to walk in the freedom that comes from knowing this.