For God so LOVED…

By Kimberly Taylor

A TBYT reader wrote me recently that they have a hard time believing that God loves them. More than once, someone has written me about this same issue.

I think I know the reason why someone would have a hard time believing God loves them.

Because they believe that God’s love is performance based.

Many times, they have had a parental/authority-figure relationship in which that person made it clear that love would be diminished or taken away if the child didn’t do what the authority figure wanted.

So the child grows up into adulthood insecure, with their eyes trained on their own weaknesses, shortcomings and past sins.

They may feel that love is something you must earn.

Even though they may accept Jesus Christ as Savior intellectually, He doesn’t reach their heart.

Why do I say that? Because the whole basis of our salvation is John 3:16 –

”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

If you don’t believe the ”For God so loved…” part, then you will have a hard time believing the rest of it!

God’s love is not performance based. He loves you because He chooses to love you. It is based not on what you do but on what Jesus has already DONE.

So if you struggle in this area, then meditate on the following scripture and allow it to sink into your spirit:

”But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).”

Have a conversation in secret with your heavenly Father about this and let this scripture connect with your soul (mind, will, and emotions).

Keep ”chewing on it” over and over again until the joy of its truth bubbles up within you.

He loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah! (Okay, I slipped a Beatles reference in there).

We are children of the most High God and accepted in the Beloved. Just typing that makes me so very grateful to God for all He has done.

He LOVES us with all of our faults and scars. And that is cause for celebration!

Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

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  • You have no idea how much I needed this! I know that God loves me, but I have always felt so unworthy it’s hard for me to accept that he would love me!

    • It’s a beautiful truth that God loves us not because we are always good, but because HE is good! When you accept that as the truth, there is only 1 appropriate response: Live grateful 🙂

  • Thanks Kimberly you are so right on. I think I have an easier time believing God love ❤️ me than that I can love myself. Loving myself seems to need outside reinforcement. I am reading a book called praying the truth which is a good reality check. I believe if I really loved myself I would not burden myself with 65 extra pounds to drag around 24-7. Thank for all your insights about scripture and how it works for you. Glad I joined the program.

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