Receiving vs. Knowing

For the last two years I’ve had people tell me to receive God’s love. This just didn’t make sense to me. I thought that I knew that God loved me. One of my dear friends kept saying “You need to receive His love.” This continued to frustrate me for about a year. God sent people I didn’t even know to tell me that He told them to tell me that He loved me.

Every time someone told me this, I thought, “This is not news to me; God loves everybody.” It was not the message that I thought I needed to hear. Finally one day I was watching Joyce Meyer. She was teaching a message about God’s love. She talked about John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. I had heard her talk about this many times, but for some reason that day it finally clicked in my spirit. She said that Peter was always going around talking about how much he loved Jesus, but John always said that Jesus loved him. She went on to say what a powerful thing that was in John’s life. He was the disciple that lasted the longest. They tried to boil him in oil and couldn’t kill him.

That day the realization of what it meant to know that Jesus loved me hit me like never before. He loved me! He loved me passionately! He loved me like I was the only person in the world. For years I had struggled to love others and love myself. Once I received Jesus love for me, it allowed me to really be free to love. Free to love myself no matter what I was doing. This allowed me to love others abundantly. It gave me a compassion that I had never had before, and a strong passion for others to know this love.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The truth is God loves me so much that even if I was the only one on the earth; He would have sent His Son to die for me. I had heard that for years, but really never believed that it was true.

Once we open our hearts to that kind of love, we begin to be able to truly love others.

I am the disciple whom Jesus loves, how about you? Have you truly received God’s love for you?

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