This month in youth we have been talking about loving God and loving others. This seems like a very simple thing, but in reality we all struggle with fully understanding it. Love is the core of Christianity, yet a big portion of the world sees Christians showing anything but love. Why do so many of us miss the mark on love? Well, when I started putting together my lessons on love, I started with 1 John 4:19 “We love Him because he first loved us.” For much of my life, I struggled with not understanding that God loved me. I felt like I had to gain his love by being a certain way, by being perfect. I knew that I couldn’t be perfect though, I was constantly struggling within my sins. I messed up too much for God to love me. I felt unworthy to be loved by God. Read the truth in John 17:23, God sent Jesus because he loves us completely, he doesn’t want me or you to be apart from him. That is the whole purpose of Jesus coming to Earth and dying on the cross, so that we would be able to spend eternity with Him. We just have to accept that gift of love from Him. I had to accept and know deep down into the core of me that God loves me. God’s love is the foundation for us to love. We cannot love Him or others if we don’t get that he loves us individually. When I was a kid, I remember the church singing the Hymn, “Love Lifted Me.” The chorus says, “Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help, love lifted me.” I couldn’t save myself and I couldn’t fix myself. God’s love is what saved me, fixed me and lifted me.
Love Lifted Me