Loved and Accepted


“Accepting we are accepted for no other reason than that the God of the universe loves us is the hardest thing you and I will ever do.”

                                                           Stephan Bauman from his book Break Open the Sky

The God of the universe loves you.

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Can you wrap your mind around that?
Until we do, we will struggle with our identity as God’s beloved children. Until we take in the magnitude of the fact that the God who created all we see and still have yet to discover, loves us personally, intimately and completely, we will look for other things to fill that void in us.
God says he knew us before we were born, and we were made with awe and wonder. (Psalm 139)
He delights in us and sings over us. (Zep. 3:17)
He gave up his son, Jesus, to die for us. (John 3:16)
Who would you die for? Those you most love?

God accepts us. He doesn’t reject us.

People might reject us. Spouse may turn their back on us. Even some parents have rejected their children. But God never will. No matter what we’ve done, he accepts us with open arms, always welcoming us back when we come to him.

Sometimes, moving forward in our lives means we have to choose to embrace the love and acceptance of God.

We may have been told by others we’re not lovable. Whispers can play in our head about how unacceptable we are. The enemy is a cruel liar and uses hurting people to hurt others. But God loves and accepts us.

Today, can we all take a small step toward receiving the love and acceptance God offers?


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