(Second post in the series )
At the top of my list of things I want my kids to know….
No matter how old you are
No matter what you have done or haven’t done,
You are never— Hear This please – You are NEVER so far that the Love of God can’t reach you. He loves you EVEN when you are at your Darkest, Lowest point. He knows your deepest darkest secrets, and your every thought. And still God loves you!!! He loves you so much that he made a way to have a relationship with him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18 KJV
There is hope – If you are hearing, reading this, or thinking on this – There is hope! God doesn’t mind what kind or brand of clothes you have on. God doesn’t mind whether you are poor or if you are rich. God doesn’t mind if you are famous, popular, a loner, or independent. God doesn’t mind if you are royalty or homeless. God doesn’t mind if you have no tattoos or if you have millions of them …. God doesn’t mind if you have no piercings or multiple piercings. God doesn’t mind if you drive a BMW or if you take the bus or if you have no transportation. God doesn’t mind if you are the CEO of a company or if you have no no current occupation. Regardless of externals, We are ALL Equals at the foot of the cross. God cares deeply about you! The external things do not help or prevent you from knowing the love of God. God sees your heart. He loved you before you were even born – He loves you now – He wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to adopt you into his family – he wants you to become the sons and daughters of the King of Kings.
“For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3: 3-7 NKJV
There WILL inevitably be arduous days and/or seasons in your life There will be things that you have to deal with that you would rather not. Salvation, and being a Christ follower does not eliminate pain, hurt, tragedy, sadness, grief or trials from your life but it means that you can have assurance that you don’t ever face it alone. God promises to never leave or forsake those who have a saving relationship with him.
“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6 KJV
Knowing God personally (not just knowing of him) and knowing his unchanging character allows you to rest in these promises and have faith and peace even in difficulties.
I want my kids to know that God knows each of them – the good and the bad and he loves them. I want them to know that no matter the depth of pain or difficult path they can reach for God and find hope that this world can not offer.
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