We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
BraveGirl Tammy ran her first triathlon this weekend. I’m sure her family was there watching and cheering her on to the finish line. I can picture it now, “Go Mommy, Go! You’ve got this! You can do it!” And then finally, “Congratulations! You did it!” at the end.
Each one of us has our own race to run.
In the heat of the race we all need encouragement. We need endurance. We need to hear our names and remember who we are. We need the reminders, “Keep going! Don’t give up! You’ve got this! You’re almost there!”
You are deeply loved.
God planned for you and loves you as a parent loves a child from the very idea of conception. He thinks about you all the time. He has been your cheerleader, advocate, and supporter since the beginning of time.
He loves you so much that He let His own Son die for you, so that you can live with Him forever.
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. John 3:16 (NIV)
He loves you right where you are. Yes, even in our mess, He loves us.
God is love. 1 John 4:8 (NIV)
His perfect love casts out fear. His love casts out jealously. His love casts out anger. His love forgives.
When His love fills your heart there is no room for past hurt or pain.
You are deeply loved. When you love the One who loves you a champion is born within.
He calls out your name and says, “You’ve got this! Hang on! Don’t give up!”
Do not be afraid today. By our faith we know who wins.
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 1 John 5:4
His love gives you courage. Let the past go so that you may be healed and set free. Let the present go if it is keeping you from Him. You cannot move forward if you continue to hold onto the past.
His love gives you the courage to do the right thing. Make the right choice. Christ will draw you away from the shore into His embrace and His love will crash over you, fill you, and make you brave.
God is for you. God is not against you. God created you and He loves you.
When you know you are completely loved you show love to others.
May your hearts be encouraged and your souls nourished by the depth of His love today…