The Bible is clear that God loves you. But, does He actually like you?
Have you ever pondered this intriguing question? Maybe your mind drifts to the way God thinks about you. Deep down, are your thoughts similar to these statements?
- God just tolerates me.
- God loves me, but He has to because He is God.
- God is mostly disappointed with me.
- God is going to get me one day.
- God is disinterested in me.
- God is impossible to please.
- How could God like me? I mess up so much!
Several years ago, a young lady went through our Grace Life University (formerly know as Advanced Discipleship Training). On the last day of the training, she joined us for our “graduation event,” where we celebrate all that God has done in each of the students. When she came into the room, all of us were immediately stunned by the glow on her face and her big smile. We asked her why she was so happy. She said, “I’ve known for a long time that God loved me. But, today I realized for the first time He likes me!”
If you are in Christ, God really does like you. Why? It is because He accepts us. I (Mark Maulding) recently shared this truth of God’s acceptance with a group of pastors and Christian counselors. When I finished, I fielded questions from the audience. One astute man asked me, “If God accepts us as Christians, how does He feel about those who are not Christians?” I quickly replied, “It is obvious from the Bible that God loves those who are not Christians, but He does not accept them. You see, God only accepts those who are righteous. And the only righteous people in the world are those in Christ!” (see Romans 5:19)
Think about this idea for a moment. God not only loves you. He likes you. Let me make sure you understand. You cannot make God like you less through disobedience. You cannot make God like you more through obedience.
I’ve heard some people say, “If God’s acceptance is true, then I can just go out and sin all I want, right?” Their question is intended to prove that this concept can’t be correct. Yet, God loves us and likes us regardless of our behavior. That’s why it is called “grace.” The answer to their question is answered in that He will love and like us even if we sin. But, who would want to displease our God who feels that way about us!
Take a moment today to review this question again in your heart, “If God loves me, does He really like me?” According to the Bible, you can rest assured that it’s true. God really likes you!
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