God’s love for you

the view from Giudecca

“When I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” (Micah 7:8)

Dear friend, I wanted to write you about something.

But then I saw your heart — on the verge of breaking under the pressure of this world, fragile and crumbling down silently. If only I could tell you just how much my heart is hurting for you, this heart of mine with broken corners and cracked edges. I saw your soul, so lost and trying to grasp hold of anything you can, screaming help with those hidden tears of yours. If only I could tell you just how much I am hurting with you, that dull ache of my soul still loud in my ears.

I saw you — and my world stopped for a moment, holding my breath to stop myself from breaking apart when I noticed that you are about to do the same. And I wanted to tell you what the Lord had told me just that morning, those words that left me with tears in my eyes and grace in my heart.

It is going to be alright. We are going to be alright.

“[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)

I read these words often — wanting to be more like Jesus in the way I love people, to become more like Him. More often than not, I fall way short, this heart of mine too small and too stubborn to be able to love people like they should be loved.

But what I often forget, is that this is also the way that Jesus loves, both you and me.

If today you have fallen short and failed — maybe miserably so — just turn to Jesus. See His love for you, how He walked that broken road to Calvary and how His scarred hands now carry you and your sin. His love bears all things. His love covers all things, your sins included — it does not proclaim your errors or mistakes. So turn to Jesus, beloved. Confess where you went wrong, and see how it is all left at the foot of the cross. It is going to be alright.

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:7)

If today you have turned back to Jesus after wandering in the darkness for a long time — just keep coming to Him. Maybe you are filled with shame and guilt; maybe you are hurting or still lost in the confusion. See God’s love for you, how He chooses to believe the best of your heart even when you are not sure of your motives. He has confidence in your future, He hopes for the best and believes in that hope.

Most of all, dear one — Jesus’ love for you endures all things. All things. I know, beloved, how it hurts to have failed once again and just how much you hate your shortcomings and weakness. But Jesus’ love for you endures all. All that you have been, all that you are. All that you have done, all that you will do. He will keep bearing and believing and hoping and enduring — all because He loves you.

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25 thoughts on “God’s love for you

  1. This is beautiful… the Bible is filled with the truth that it’s going to be alright… how badly some of us need that redeclared to us in our low moments!
    Really touching post this morning, thank you for sharing, stay blessed!

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    1. Ronja

      There’s a song by Jason Gray called Love Will Have The Final Word that has a line that keeps coming to my mind: “Cause the worst thing is never the last thing. No, the last thing will be the best thing.” I at least need to be reminded of this truth so often — that truly the last thing will be the best thing; that everything will be alright in the end when we get to Heaven. It’s just so difficult to remember that when we are going through hardships.

      Thank you for your kind words and your visit, Christine! God bless you!

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  2. Sharon

    Ronja, it’s rather amazing to me how God seems to speak the same message to many people at the same time. Today I talked a lot about my frustrations with my shortcomings, and yet, I landed at the same end destination as you. God loves me. Oh, what a balm to my soul!

    At your words – “It is going to be alright. We are going to be alright” – I felt the Lord whisper the very same words into the depths of my soul. And they brought comfort and peace. Yes indeed, because of HIM, all is well.

    Thank you for this most encouraging post today.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Ronja

      It seems to me like you landed at the best place possible, Sharon. :) What a wonderful thing it is to battle with our shortcomings, failures and frustrations — only come to a place of resting in the knowledge of God’s love for us.

      But I love how you joined me in that place of hearing the Lord whisper those words into your soul, because that is exactly what happened to me. What a peace those words brought, and filled my heart with His grace. Thank you for sharing this with me, Sharon! It is always so encouraging to hear what the Lord is doing in others’ lives. Blessings to you!

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  3. Abounding Grace

    My sin had left a scarlet stain.
    My guilt of sin brought me such pain!
    Down on my knees I fell, contrite.
    There at His cross, grace washed me white.

    Mercy so great was flowing there!
    Redeeming love beyond compare!
    My guilt and sin all washed away,
    Under the blood Christ shed that day!

    His grace reached down to save my soul!
    Grace guides me on toward the goal!
    His grace will eʼre sufficient be!
    His grace abounds to set me free!

    Bountiful grace was shed on me;
    Shed with the blood of Calvary!
    My debt of sin Christ did erase,
    Because of Godʼs abounding grace!

    From the new book “Comfort in Christ: A Collection of Inspired Poetry by Rebecca Gholson.

    http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-In-Christ-Collection-Inspired/dp/1511795840/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1433294371&sr=1-1

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you for your visit here, Kara! The Lord is so good to speak to us, and to repeat what we need to hear until we truly get what He is telling us. :) Blessings to you!

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    1. Ronja

      Praise the Lord! I’m so glad to hear that there were words here that were meant for you heart, Joni! It’s such a good place for us to be, realizing that we need to draw closer to God. I pray that the Lord is near to you and that you can feel His presence in your life today. Thank you for your visit and for sharing this with me, Joni! God bless!

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much for these kind words, Erin. I’m so glad you were able to find encouragement and comfort here today! God bless you!

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  4. Ronja,
    Love the photo and love that verse in Micah — so encouraging! Your words that your heart is so small and stubborn to love others the way we should resonates with me. I’m thankful for grace to keep trying though! Your words are always so deep and thought-provoking – so grateful to read your thoughts, friend!

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    1. Ronja

      Valerie, thank you so much for these encouraging words! It is good to hear that I am not the only one feeling like my heart is too small and too stubborn to love others — mainly because it’s always easier to carry each other in prayer when we know just what this friend, this other person is going through and feeling like.

      I’m so glad to have you stop by here, friend. It is always such a blessing and encouragement to me! Blessings to you!

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    1. Ronja

      Sharita, thank you so much for these sweet words. The Lord is so good to use us to reach people, and what a blessing and honor it is to be used by Him to reach His people. Thank you for your visit, friend. :)

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear that there was something here to touch your heart and draw you closer to the Lord. His love for us is so great. :) Blessings to you!

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  5. Beautiful words, Ronja. I love that you opened with Micah 7:8 because Micah 7:7 has been my journey verse for a while:
    But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord;
    I will wait for the God of my salvation.
    My God will hear me.

    He does hear and we can “believe all things, hope, all things, endure all things” as we watch expectantly for Him.

    Loving getting to know you through our words!

    Embracing the Journey,
    Christi

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    1. Ronja

      Thank you so much for these sweet words, Christi! I love Micah 7:7-8 — there is such comfort and hope in those two verses! And you so right, I think both of these verses would make great journey verses. I love your wisdom here, Christi, in all your points. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment here. It’s such a blessing to have you visit here! :) God bless you!

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