Our lives have had more plot twists lately than would seem possible. But after all, don’t they say that “Truth is stranger than fiction”? Sigh. So it seems.
Some of the lyrics in the song When Will I Be Loved, written by Phil Everly, and sung by Linda Ronstadt, ring oh-so-familiar right now:
I’ve been cheated, been mistreated…I’ve been put down, I’ve been pushed ’round…I’ve been made blue, I’ve been lied to, when will I be loved…
Can’t we all identify in some way to those sentiments at times? People hurt us, family and friends fail us, life can just be so very blecky. When will I be truly loved?
No matter what nastiness or hurt you may be experiencing right now, there is good news: you are loved, perfectly and completely, right this very minute.
It’s true. God loves you, perfectly and completely, right now, as you are. Don’t take my word for it. Take His.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:6-8
” ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.’ ” ~ John 3:16-17
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 3:23; 6:23
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:9
That’s the truth, straight from the mouth of God. He loves you so very much that His Son died a nasty death (but didn’t stay dead, hallelujah!) to pay the price for your sin–and for mine. And because the price has been paid for us, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” ~ Romans 10:9
Jesus promises us abundant life (John 10:10), eternal life and eternal safety in His hand (John 10:28-29), His peace (John 14:27), fullness of joy (John 15:11; 16:24; 1 John 1:4), and a home with Him forever (John 14:1-4).
He also warns us of troubles but reassures us that He has overcome the world (John 16:33). God doesn’t take us OUT of the storms. He instead rides the waves with us.
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” ~ Hebrews 13:5b-6
And so, as I type these words, I remind myself of these truths yet again. And I’ll take the advice of John Piper:
Friend, we can embrace the life we have IN CHRIST, no matter what unexpected plot twist comes our way today.
Have you confessed with your mouth and believed in your heart that Jesus Christ is your risen Lord and Saviour? Accept His freely offered grace: unearned, undeserved mercy and love and kindness and forgiveness.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7