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When you’re tempted to doubt God’s love for you, stand before the cross and look at the wounded, dying, disfigured Savior, and realize why He is there. I believe His Father would whisper to us, ‘Isn’t this sufficient? I haven’t spared My own Son; I deformed and disfigured and crushed Him — for you. What more could I do to persuade you that I love you?'I got this quote from one of my top favorite blogs Paper Angels.
Denise seemed to accurately compliment my thoughts on love during valentines [read her Vday post here].
The following verses have yet to leave my mind:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8What my eyes have been opened to is that God didn't wait for me to be good. He didn't wait for me to get my act together. He didn't wait for me to do something for Him and then decide if He wanted to die for me. No! He just died for me while I was still ungodly; while I was worthless to Him.
I just need to let that sink. in.
I'm so weak and so in need of God that I just feel so filthy if I don't spend a certain amount of time with Him, or if I do quiet times in the afternoon instead of the morning, or if I'm behind in my daily read... I just get so irritated when I feel like I'm not being the perfect Christian sometimes— enough already!
The Bible says that our attempts for holiness are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). He already has done it all and He loves me! That's all I really need from Him and He has given it. Why can't that just be enough to quiet my anxious soul?
His love is sufficient in my weakness, imperfections & mistakes. It was like this when I was ungodly and it's still covering my sinfulness today. I still fall short.
I'm so grateful for this:
To truly be loved.