God Loves You

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (King James Version)

“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17 (New King James Version)

“But God gives proof of His love to us in Christ’s dying for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 (Weymouth New Testament)

“The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.” 2 Peter 3:9 (God’s Word Translation)

“He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil.” Hebrews 2:14 (English Standard Version)

Jesus paid the price for us so that we would not have to. Even though we are deserving of spiritual death and even though we are deserving of separation from Him for all of eternity, it is not His will that any of us suffer that. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus, Who came willingly to die in our place, so that He could pave a way for us to have righteousness through Him. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection broke the bonds of hell and death and gave each of us an opportunity to have eternal life through Him.

Now you may be saying, “Yes, but you don’t know what I’ve done. You don’t know how bad I’ve been. How can anyone love me that much? How can anyone forgive all that I have done?” The reality is that there is nothing that we can do to ever separate us from God’s love, and scripture tells us that no matter what you may have done, God is still able to cover it with the blood of Jesus and forgive you! That means you don’t have to keep living under the conviction of whatever you have done in the past. Remember that we have all fallen short of His righteousness, yet scripture tells us that He has unfailing love and mercy for us. He gives us grace, which is undeserved favor, because He loves us that much.