“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Most of us have sung this Sunday school song a gazillion times. But do you truly know that Jesus loves you? Has this truth penetrated the depths of your soul? Do you know that you do not have to change anything about who and what you are for Jesus to love you? If only the value of this truth could pierce our minds as the earworm tends to do. The truth is Jesus loves you perfectly. He cannot love you more than he already does.
Before you answer this question with a quick and emphatic “YES” let’s do a quick test.
Do you worry incessantly about your relationships/job/children/singleness?
Do you fret obsessively about what the future holds?
Do you think that if you had the perfect body/marriage/children you would finally be happy?
Do you believe that your circumstances are either because He doesn’t love you or because you don’t love him enough?
If you answered “yes” to at least one of these questions, you probably don’t live like you are loved by Jesus.
That hole that you feel in the depths of your being cannot be filled by the perfect health/life/spouse/job/body.
The only answer to the hole in your soul is Jesus.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:6-8
Who would you die for? Probably your child or your spouse? Maybe you are blessed to have a dear friend you might lay down your life for. What about the murderer in jail, or the adulterer still living in sin? Jesus died for all of us – even though we still continue to live in sin.
Since you and I are thieves and murderers (Matthew 5:22-48) we are not good enough to earn the love of Jesus. Yet Jesus came to die for you and me.
Let this beautiful truth pierce the depths of your flawed intentions: there is nothing you can do to earn the love of Jesus because you do not have to.
Coming to terms with the love of Jesus is not a one-time epiphany. This truth is revealed to us gradually through the Holy Spirit and as we get to know our Saviour better it can begin to inform every aspect of our lives. You cannot love and be loved by Jesus and remain the same.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.1 John 4:18-19
If you love Jesus and he is the Lord of your life, then you know what the future holds, so why fear the future? We know that we will be living with Him in a perfect relationship, in a perfect body, in a perfect world. There is nothing to fear.
There is nothing you or I can do to lose this love.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:35, 37-39
By definition, a relationship involves two individuals who love each other. You cannot have a relationship if it is one-sided. It is the same with our relationship with Christ. You don’t just “accept” his love and that is the end of the story. This undeserved, perfect love must be like a thunderclap across the face. It must strike you, shock you and change you.
John Bloom explains that “We cannot love Christ without trusting (exercising faith in) him (1 Peter 1:8). We cannot trust Christ without obeying him (James 2:17). So, naturally, we cannot love Christ if we live in persistent, conscious disobedience to him (1 John 1:6; Luke 6:46).” When we love Jesus we want to obey him, become like him and tell others all about this precious love.
It is very important to make a distinction between obeying God to earn his love and obeying Him out of love. This has been the struggle of my faith over the last few years. As I get to know Jesus better, I fall deeper in love with him, and the more I want to make Him proud by becoming more like Him. It used to be the other way around. My whole life I thought I was earning His love by being “good” and busy, yet I never felt worthy enough or good enough. Now I know how unworthy I truly am, and that He loves me anyway.
What a beautiful truth to live by!
It changes everything. When the love of Christ enfolds you it changes the way you relate to others, to yourself, and to all your troubles.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Ephesians 3:17-19
Download this printable of Ephesians 3:17-19 here.
May the love of Jesus pierce your heart and change your life.
In this beautiful song, Lydia Laird took the well-known Sunday school hymn and expanded on it with our deep hurt to show us how the truth of Jesus’ love should change our hearts.