“God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live…loved.”
-Lysa TerKeurst, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely
Lysa said it best: God’s love isn’t based on you. His love isn’t based on what you do, on how much money you make, on if you are married, single, or divorced, or on how many times you have read your Bible… it isn’t based on anything. God’s love is placed on you.
And yes, I am talking to YOU!
So often, we allow our minds to sink into a dark hole. In that darkness, we begin to see the worst things about ourselves — we reflect on the worst moments we have had. And after some time, we begin to consider how anyone could love us through what we have done, said, or thought. We begin to wonder how we could deserve to be loved.
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us is literally called the Good News because it was the moment when all of our sin and when all of our past wrongdoings were wiped clean. In that moment, God’s love for you was not based on you. God’s love was based on what Jesus had done for you. So, rather than working for love, it is simply placed on each of us. No matter how we feel about who we are or what we have done, God loves us.
Moreover, as Lysa said, we should all live loved. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to live loved? To wake up each day and know that no matter how you may mess up, you will still be loved at the end of the day? To know that through your bad hair day, crankiness, and bitterness, you are still loved?
Well, guess what? You can do that! God has placed His love on you. We must only accept His love.
Take a deep breath. Exhale the negative thoughts and beliefs you have about yourself. Inhale God’s love.