30th November 2011

How Much Do You Love Me?

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.
John 3:16 (KJV)

How much do you love me?’ is a question that some children love to ask, especially little girls.  Usually the father answers playfully, placing his hands just 6 inches apart to indicate just a little bit, then relents to outstretched arms that indicates a whole heap! Those same arms tend to end up wrapped around the child.  Once assured of that love, the child usually runs off to play elsewhere. 

Some never outgrow the question.  ‘How much do you love me?’ can precede the confession of changing the design of the family car, blowing the monthly shopping budget in one day, or even ruining his favourite shirt! 

Once we are safe and secure in the knowledge of that love, we feel we can open up, admit our shortcomings and mistakes, and in return, be supported. 

Sometimes we need to be reminded of that love in our Christian walk.  Romans 5:8 says, “But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!”  This is the Good News Translation—the Message Bible is even more graphic in its description: “We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. 

We don’t have to pretend we are perfect for God to love us, He already does! 

I was once given a wallet-size card which read:
I asked Jesus ‘How much do you love me?’
‘This much’ He answered, and He stretched out His arms and died.

Prayer
Thank you Father for showing us clearly just how much You love us.  Help us to remain safe and secure in the knowledge of Your love and to draw strength from it.  In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Jackee Brown

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