Friday, 23 December 2011

Jesus Loves Me! This I Know For The Bible Tells Me So

The other morning I was listening to: Jesus Loves Me sung by my dear friend Adri-anne, who has been blessed with a voice of an angel! While listening to the words, I thought to myself “Jesus loves me, because the Bible tells me so?” I have sung this song a million and two times, as I am sure many of you have, but have never truly thought about the words:

Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

I encourage you to meditate on the words of this song. Read them out loud, pause and mediate on the words. Ask Holy Spirit to speak to you through the words, let yourself sink into the words, chew on them. Are the words true to you?
I found myself stuck on “Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so?” Recently (in the past 5 months) I have come to the realization that I know Jesus loves me in my head (because the Bible tells me so) but I do not truly madly deeply know that Jesus loves me in my heart. Ok, so what do I do about that? I want… no I NEED to experience Jesus’ love truly madly deeply. How does the truth that Jesus loves me run from my head to my heart? First, I need to confess to Jesus that I believe in my mind that He loves me, but I do not always believe in my heart. Then I need to ask Jesus to continue to reveal His abiding love to me. Also, I believe that our minds are transformed through the Word, so I need to mediate on God’s unconditional, everlasting, and perfect love for me.
Jesus loves me for the Bible tells me so. Where does the Bible tell me that God loves me? This question brought The Father’s Love Letter ( to my mind:
My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Your Dad Almighty God
Please note that this “letter” takes verses out of context, but I do believe that the message of the Bible is that God loves us. This letter wraps up the message of God’s love and puts a big red bow on it! I would suggest if you need to experience that Jesus loves you, mediate on the verses in this letter, one by one, asking Holy Spirit to speak the Truth into your mind and heart.
Jesus LOVES YOU, you can know this because the Bible tells you so! but don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself…

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