Week 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.
Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.
It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.
If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!
God loves me. How many times have we been told that God loves us? After hearing it so often, we sometimes fail to recognize the significance of these oft-repeated words.
It was God’s love for us that prompted Him to send His Son to save us. We had transgressed His commands repeatedly and gone our own way, yet He loved us enough to give His life for us. It takes strong, passionate, selfless devotion to do something like that – the kind of love God has for us. He demonstrated His love clearly by giving His son for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Considering what He’s done for us, how could we ever doubt His affection?
1 John 4:19 tell us that we love because God first loved us. Only by comprehending the greatness of His affection for us personally can we begin to truly love Him, those around us, or even ourselves. Many people judge themselves very harshly. They dislike so many things about themselves. Nothing about them ever seems good enough in their own eyes. Because of how they view themselves, they fall for the lie that they are unlovable. Their pain gives them more of a tendency to lash out at those around them. The people they hurt are more apt to spread the pain further, and so it continues. Yet it all stems back to not understanding the undying affection of the our Lord and Savior. This is why it is so important for us to grasp the width and length, and height and depth, of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19).
God loves us. He wants us to understand that. Not merely to give mental assent to the fact, but to truly believe it in our hearts. He wants to show us how much He really cares for us. All we need to do is to be willing to listen. I challenge you to ask God to reveal His love to you. He stands ready and waiting to do so. Take time to consider what His Word has to say on the subject. Discover the reality of His love for you today!
Here are a few of the verses that speak of God’s great love:
God has lavished His love upon us, in calling us His children (1 John 3:1).
The Bible’s definition of love is this – that God loved us, and sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
The love of our Heavenly Father endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
His love reaches to the heavens (Psalm 36:5).
Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).