Our Bible verse for today: “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Love yourself because Jesus lives in you.”
Today we will continue thinking about why it is so important that we learn to love ourselves the way that God loves us. Remember, God loves you with an everlasting love. He loves you unconditionally, without limits, and without end. God’s love for you is so perfect and so complete that there’s nothing you can do to cause Him to love you more, and there’s nothing you can do to cause Him to love you less.
Why does God love you like that? Why are you so precious to Him? Do you remember our devotional message from two days ago, the one where I described the deep meaning behind John 3:16? God loves His Son Jesus in ways we cannot begin to fathom. And now that you are a Christian, Jesus lives in you. When God the Father looks at you, He sees His Son Jesus alive within you. This is what Paul meant when he wrote “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
God loves you first of all simply because He created you. We saw that yesterday in the sampling of Bible verses I cited. But now that you are a Christian and you have the Spirit of His beloved Son Jesus living within you, you have become precious to the Father beyond measure. His heart overflows with love just thinking about you.
I know a young mother who is infatuated with her little daughter. Almost every day she posts pictures on Facebook to show the world how beautiful and special her daughter is. “Cuteness personified” is how this mother describes her. Actually, I’m Facebook friends with numerous other young parents who feel that same way about their children and who are constantly making Facebook posts about it. I love it! It’s heartwarming to see a parent so in love with their child.
That’s how your Father in heaven feels about you. If there is Facebook in heaven, and if the Father has a Facebook page, your picture is plastered all over it!
How does that make you feel? Do you feel loved, valued, treasured? You should. It’s been my experience that when a child knows how deeply they are loved by a parent, that knowledge goes a long way towards helping that child to feel good about themselves, to be happy and well-adjusted. That should be true of you and me as we consider how loved we are by our Father in heaven. His love for us enables us to love ourselves, to feel good about ourselves.
I encourage you this morning to spend some time thinking about who you are in the Father’s eyes. Let the warmth of His love wash over you. And then spend some time feeling good about yourself.