There’s just no following Jesus Christ and being arrogant at the same time. The two don’t mix. Yet some of us swing too far the other way: so caught up in our shortcomings we find ourselves questioning truths God has revealed in His Word about Himself and us—His beloved, adopted children.

If you’ve given your heart and life to Christ, you undoubtedly know God loves you. And if you haven’t yet taken that step (please don’t put that off), you most likely have picked up on the fact God created and loves you.

Nonetheless, a friend of mine has noticed what may be a developing trend. A couple of individuals who have put their trust in God’s Son for eternal life recently asked,

“Do you think God likes me?”

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A woman in a church service once told me, “I love you, but I don’t like you.”  Even as a fairly confident twenty-something, I readily understood why someone may not like me. But it was an unkind communication which—if designed to hurt the recipient—hit the mark.

It’s as if this woman knew she was commanded to love others and was grinding out obedience to do so, yet she not only disliked the command, but the person who was meant to be the recipient of that love.

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Perhaps we subconsciously wrestle with the notion God loves us because He’s supposed to. If God is love, it’s what He does, right? We might wonder if He has no other option. So, one way or another, can we perhaps hold to a belief God loves us while harboring questions as to whether He really thrills in having us as a part of His kingdom?

When considering my own spiritual failures, I confess having wondered what I might hear when Jesus welcomes His followers into His presence—something along these lines:

“Well done, Alicia!”

“Well done, Dan!”

“Well done, Kyle!”

Then, my turn.

“Hmmm… Nice try.”

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Please pay attention to this! Any concerns Christ followers have about whether or not God likes them, or that He may be anything less than thrilled when welcoming them into His presence, is not from Him.

We need to continuously dig into His Word and be humbly euphoric over His love for us!

 

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My friend, turn to the flood of documented, overwhelming, and unmerited love and favor God has for those who put their trust in Him!

Samples include:

Zephaniah 3:17; The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.

Psalm 147:11; But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.

Isaiah 61:10; I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Psalm 147:3; He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 34:18 is similar: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Psalm 116:15; Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

[Of God the Father’s heart in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son] Luke 15:20; So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced and kissed him.

Ephesians 2:4-5; 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.

John 10:11; I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Psalm 103:8; The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

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The deeper issue behind queries of whether or not God likes us may be tied to unrest that certain of our behaviors or actions are displeasing to God. Just as parents love their child but do not and cannot support her desire to color all over the living room walls, God loves His children but does not approve of, love, or tolerate our sin. In fact, He hates it.

The question Christians should perhaps ponder isn’t, “Does God like me?” but “Am I doing what pleases God? Am I living a consistent ‘Thank You’ to Him for the astonishing love and mercy He has shown me?”

If we are living in known sin, God—again graciously—not only communicates the remedy, but provides the means for cleansing and freedom from being dominated by it (see I John 1:9 and Romans 8:2).

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We’re all accustomed to performance-based acceptance. Yet while we are called to be holy because God is holy (I Peter 1:15) and there are tremendous rewards in faithfully following Christ (II Timothy 4:7-8), there is a wild freedom in knowing we cannot flawlessly adhere to God’s standards and that He—knowing this as well—provided us with a Savior: Jesus. When God looks upon His adopted children through Christ, it is His Son’srighteousness (perfection) He sees, not ours which falls short (Romans 8:1).

God has a crazy—yes, crazy—love for us and Ephesians 1:3-14 is an encouraging testimonial of what He has done and is doing for those who are in Christ. Whether or not you’ve ever wondered if God likes you, I encourage you to read this passage before you hit the rack tonight.

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Nowhere in Scripture has God communicated to His followers that He likes them, and I’m glad! It is far too weak of a word to ever associate with the One who:

Created this beautiful earth for us to live in (Isaiah 45:12);

Formed us in our mother’s wombs (Psalm 139:16);

Committed to rescue us from the eternal plunge of our rebellious sins (Genesis 22:18; Colossians 1:13);

Followed through with salvation’s plan at greatest cost to Himself (I Peter 1:3-5);

Gifted us with His Word (Psalm 119:105);

Blesses His believers with the indwelling, Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:16);

Is preparing a place for those who love Him (John 14:2); and

Delights to share Himself and His glory with His own through all eternity (Revelation 22:1-5).

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 Does God like you? No, imperfect Christ follower. You are His delight and joy!

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If you haven’t yet given your heart and life to Jesus Christ, your friends at Encouragement That Lasts never tire of inviting you to find God’s immeasurable grace and forgivenessand to know Him intimately. You can begin today by telling God you want to be His child through Christ Jesus and exchange your sin rap sheet for Christ’s perfect righteousness. And begin living a wholehearted, eternal “Thank You” to Him, immersing yourself in His Word and surrounding yourself with His family of imperfect (but beloved) children.

You are loved!

June

June

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