Oh How He Loves Us

beth stiffI’m excited to introduce one of my favorite Christian bloggers, Beth from Simply Beth. I always find Beth’s posts honest, encouraging and thought-provoking – and am honored to share her guest post today ♥ Enjoy!

“Oh, how He loves us, oh

Oh, how He loves us, how He loves all


How He loves”


- “How He Loves” by David Crowder

Oh how He does love us.

Scripture tells us over and over again how deeply He loves us:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16 (NIV)

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved. ~ Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)

There is nothing we can do to earn His love and there is nothing we can do that would make Him love us less.

 It’s hard to wrap our minds around that though, isn’t it? Our world communicates differently. This world tells us that nothing we do is ever enough. We need to work harder, have more, get more, be thinner and be prettier.

If you are like me, and I know this is a familiar struggle for many, you wish to be more like ‘her‘. Whether it’s a celebrity, a friend, a sister, or a coworker, there is someone else you wish to be more like. You compare yourself and say things like, “If only I was/had {fill in the blank} like her, I’d be happy.”

If you are like me, you’ve convinced yourself that others look at you and don’t like what they see. You feel unlovable.

 If you are like me, you wake in the morning, look in the mirror and wonder how you could ever be enough.

But we are enough.

We are enough because of His overwhelming grace. My favorite line from the song “How He Loves” by David Crowder is,

“If grace is an ocean, we are all sinking.”

Let’s sink in His grace.

 The good news is, His gift of grace is free and it’s the most wonderful gift you will ever receive.

“Come!” And let the one who hear say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. ~ Revelations 22:17 (NIV)

These words said by my pastor during his sermon series, “Overwhelming Grace”, are still on my heart: “Let the gift become your motivation in life.” Don’t let the fallen world we live in alienate you from His grace. (Gal 5:4) Come receive His gift— embrace His gift.

“Live your life knowing the value of the gift you’ve been given.” ~ Pastor Mike Gates.

Here is where I want to be real with you and tell you: I get it. 

I get how you may know the value of the gift you’ve been given but still not believe it applies to you. 

I get the countless hours spent worrying about what others may think of you instead of what God thinks of you. 

I get how you want to be more like her.

As I write these words I’ve gone through all these same emotions. I want my words to be better and when they come out messy I tell myself God skipped me when He handed out the gift to write. I think to myself: “You deserve better than my words so why don’t I share her words?”

(By now you must be thinking I’m crazy.)

But here is where I tell you God wants to transform your mind from this way of thinking.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)

I don’t know what your personal struggle may be and what led you to believe you are not enough. For me there came a day when I had determined I’d heard it too many times. A day came when words said told me I will never be enough. (Even though those may not have been the actual words said, those were the words I heard.) However, those words are not truth.

What does Jesus say about us?


You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. ~ Songs of Solomon 4:7 (NIV)

Did you read that? Read it again and let that truth sink in. You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.

So let’s not seek approval from others, but from God.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. ~ Galatians 1:10 (ESV)

Because of God’s grace—because He sent Jesus to the cross for us to take away our sins—we are more than enough.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

Let’s go forward together living as though we know the value of the gift we’ve been given. I’m walking with you friends. And the one who is greater than us is leading the way.

beth stiff

Comments

  1. Sharon says

    Wow ! What a great job Beth in pointing out such a daily flaw in so many of us and more importantly how simply it can be fixed. As an older generation gal I can say these insecurities follow us throughout life Unless we stay close to our Lord’s grace. Never too old to be reminded of blessings . :)

    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind words Sharon. I wish this wasn’t a common struggle for so many but I pray we allow ourselves to continue to grow in His love and grace. It was a pleasure to be able to share here. I’m grateful God brought Jessica into my life.
      Blessings to you,
      Beth

  2. says

    Thank you again Jessica for the opportunity to guest post here. Love you much and I look forward to sharing over at my place. :)

    • says

      Was just reading through your post again ♥ ..I saw your comment when I was at work and meant to reply when I got off – and just finally remembered right now! :) You are *more* than welcome! Everyone really seemed to enjoy your writing (as I always do!) Sending lots of love your way and looking forward to working on a post for you this weekend! xo

  3. says

    This is a beautiful post! It’s ridiculous that for many of us the best gift offered to us in the world is the thing we find it most hard to receive. I find it really easy to believe that God loves other people but much harder to get my head around His love for me. Always have done. But I think the more time I spend with Him the more I can see this love in action in my life which helps.
    Linked here from Here it on a Sunday, Use it on a Monday. Blessings.

    • says

      Thank you for your kind words Mel. I too agree it’s much easier to believe how much He loves others but harder to accept how deep is love is for me. I have my go-to verses, many of which I shared in the post, that I turn to when I need the reminder. Thank you for stopping in.
      Blessings,
      Beth

  4. says

    Beth,
    First, I love that song by David Crowder!! I also needed to drink in the scripture you provided – especially Galations 1:10 that says that we cannot try to please man and be a servant of God. I need to play to an audience of One and be content that in God’s eyes I am more than enough. When the enemy tells me otherwise, I need to tell him to hit the road! I love how you write from your heart…you have really struck a chord in my heart! Love you girl! ((Hugs)), Bev

    • says

      Thank you, Shelly. How wonderful it must have been to see David Crowder in person. I love so many of his songs. A memory to cherish indeed! Blessings to you.
      Beth

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