Yes, Jesus Loves Me!
by pastor Brenda El-Talabani
Each of these devotional blogs entries is meant to be read on your own or if you have family or friends you live with, to be read together aloud. A suggestion is to do this after you have dinner around the table together. At the conclusion, please spend time in personal reflection or in sharing with one another your answers to the questions at the end. Be sure to conclude with prayer.
Read 1 Peter 2:4-12
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“Yes, Jesus loves me”–the words to the chorus of a song, so simple, yet so meaningful.
Each day can bring new challenges, disappointments and discouragements, yet the truth still remains that Jesus loves me (and you!). It is great to acknowledge that, but even greater to know that God does not love us for what we do, but for who we are. If you remember the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 12:11-32, it is a story that reminds us that each one of us is like the lost son, and that God loves us no matter what things we have done. When we are lost, He calls us and welcomes us back home to Him; we are God’s special possession.
I challenge you to look up this story and revisit the choices that the younger son made and see that his father still loved him. Even though his choices made his father sad, and our choices can make our Heavenly Father sad, Jesus still loves us! However, He does require that we repent, and change our behavior and return home to Him like the son did in the story. Jesus still lives in us, loves us and accepts us. It is an awesome thing to know that even with all of our sins, bad choices, and wrongs we do that God still sees His image in us and is at work creating us to be who He wants us to be.
Take time for prayer to talk with God
Reflect with someone else or on your own:
- Think and meditate on how simple it really is: Jesus, loves me!
- As believers in God we have value, we belong to someone. Reflect on something that you are thankful that God has forgiven you for, and called you back home to Him.