My staff and I often hear this statement. “God loves me in spite of me.” It sounds humble. Yet, it’s not…unless you are not a Christian. God does love you in spite of who you are as a non-Christian. Why? Because you are a sinner. Romans 5:8 says it this way, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
His encouraging message to you is that God loves you so much, even though you are messed up, he gave that which was the most valuable to him, so you could know him. He gave Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins and to replace you, the sinner, with a new version of you, a child of God. If you’ve never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, why not receive him, right now, by praying with me?
“God, thank you for loving me in spite of who I am, a sinner. I’m thankful Jesus died to forgive my sins. Come live inside me and make me one of your children. Amen.” He will answer that prayer because he wants you to enjoy his love for you.
Once a person is a Christian, you can stop saying God loves me in spite of me. He loves you because of who you are in Christ. You’ve been adopted at great cost and he’s delighted that you are his beloved son or daughter. (You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 b) All of your sins are at the bottom of the ocean of forgetfulness. (I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds. Hebrews 10:17) Though God is not always pleased with what you do, he’s always pleased with who you are as his child. So stop saying, “God loves me in spite of me.” Start saying, “God loves me because I am his son/daughter!”
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