Jesus Loves You Unconditionally
David said, ‘Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!” (Psalms 32:1 NLT). No matter how hard we worked, we could never pay off our sin debt. And thank God we don’t have to, because ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’
Years ago a congregation decided to honor one of its retired pastors. He was ninety-two, and some people wondered why the church even asked the elderly man to speak. After a warm welcome and introduction, he rose from his chair and walked with great dignity and effort to the pulpit.
Leaning on the podium to steady himself, without notes of any kind, he began to speak: ‘When your pastor invited me here, he asked me to talk about the greatest lesson I’ve learned in fifty-plus years of preaching. I’ve thought about it for a few days, and boiled it down to the one thing that has made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one thing I can rely on when tears, heartbreak, pain, fear, and sorrow paralyze me…the one thing that always comforts me:
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.’
You could hear a pin drop as the old man shuffled back to his seat. It’s something the congregation never forgot. And it’s something you should never forget either—Jesus loves you unconditionally. That’s true today, tomorrow, and forever!
‘…God so loved the world…’ John 3:16 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Ephesians 1:17-19; 2:10, 22; 3:14-20
Be encouraged to know His love in you more & more today! Be filled with all His fullness! You are His masterpiece! He knows what He is doing! Trust him!
May the father give you a spirit of wisdom & revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what the hope to which he has called you is? The immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe! For we are His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. In Him you are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the spirit. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith! That you would know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God! Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory!