What You Don’t Have To Do (Part 2)

2 You Don’t Have To Earn God’s Love

“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

He chose from the beginning of creation to love all of us. When I was a teenager newly in love with Jesus, John 3:16 was the first verse I memorized. However, it took years for it’s truth to be engraved on my identity as a child of God. Though I loved Jesus with my entire being, the belief that exterior accomplishments or merits represented my worth infiltrated my sense of who I was. Perhaps my value was based on how well I performed according to certain standards, or on whether I attended church often enough, read my bible enough, or stepped into my full potential. While all of these are good things to do, basing our identity on them is contradictory to the teachings of Christ, who described faith as being in a personal relationship with Him. In fact, He said that loving God was the greatest commandment (see Matthew 22;34-38).

Jesus said I’ve come to open the eyes of the blind. I’ve come to set the prisoner free. I’ve come with good news for the poor in spirit. I’ve come to heal the brokenhearted. I’ve come to break the chains of the oppressed. No matter how you arrived at your brokenness, the power of the Cross is not found in what you do, but in what has already been done for you. This is not to say that you do not play a part. Jesus said, “I demand that you love each other as much as I love you” (John 115;12, TLB). Our role is to accept His love, and then to allow that love lead us to love others. It’s a grace-drenched existence wrapped around relationship.

Any time I start to believe that I’m not enough, that I’ve fallen short, and that I’m not worthy of His love – or if I fall into the trap of trying to out-earn my Savior – this message shifts my focus from me to Him. It’s a reminder that it’s not my offerings that delight God, but my joyful acceptance of His love that brings Him pleasure (see Hos. 6:6).

The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller

I hope y’all liked this weeks devotion, it was short and to the point. Just how I like devotions personally. If they are to long I lose focus really quickly. Let me know what you think about the devotions from the Mended Heart.

~Till Tomorrow~

~Jen~

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