I heard the song “He Loves Me Anyway” and it really hit home with me. It was a great reminder of the fact that God loves me just as I am and that I never, ever have to earn His affection. He has already gone out of His way to demonstrate that amazing love to me. All I can do is accept it and let it flow through me into the lives of others.
The question was never does God love Peter
That is a truth, a never changing fact of reality
God loved Peter no matter what
Even though He had denied Him
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Our weaknesses don’t drive God away from us
Our weaknesses don’t disqualify us from His love, mercy, and grace
They, in fact, make us needful of Him
They are the door through which His grace and love enter our lives
Do we reject babies, the elderly, or handicapped?
Do we only love the strong and independent who need nothing from us?
God so loved the world
The messed up, broken, and sin-filled mass of humanity
That is you and me; the is the entirety of all of mankind; sin and all
Even while we were lost in sin He loved us (Romans 5:8)
Which son did the father love more?
Which son was more deserving of His affections?
Which son was able to enjoy the gifts of the father’s love?
Both! He loved them both!
Their behavior didn’t separate them from the father’s love!
Their behavior didn’t make the father love one more than the other!
Both had to learn to receive and live in the love that the father offered them
What does God want in return for His affection? What is He asking of us who receive His love?
1 John 4:15-21
Believe in His love for us
Believe that He loves us because of who He is and not because of us
Accept, dwell in, abide in, cherish, and share this love
That is what God wants from us!!!!
The hardest thing for me to do is not to believe that God is real. It is not impossible for me to believe in an afterlife and heaven and hell. The hardest thing for me to do is to accept God’s love for me when I feel un-loveable. When I have failed or done what I think is beyond His mercy and grace, to accept His forgiveness and love pushes me to the edge of my faith. How could He love; I know me, I know my ugliness and dark side? Because He is love and His love for me is based upon who He is and not who I am. Never forget…He loves you anyway!
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