I was talking to a friend recently about how disheartening it can be to live in our culture where there is so much anger, pain, and division among us. And it seems to be magnified by social media. This conversation had me thinking about the role I play in it all.
You may have read one of our blog posts last week about how Christians are NOT perfect. I can tell you that is 200% true. I’ll be the first to call myself out! I’m not even close to being perfect, but sometimes my words or actions get the best of me and tell a different story.
It’s really easy for any one of us to think that we’re either better than someone else or that we’re completely worthless. Both are dangerous and unhealthy mindsets.
If you’re reading this and you’ve been hurt by a Christian or led to believe that God doesn’t care about you or your struggles, you’ve been misled. This is a complete MYTH that I’m busting right here and right now. On behalf of myself and other Christians, I’d like to apologize if our behavior has ever made you feel that you are unworthy of God’s love. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I know this because of what I’ve read in the Bible. One of the verses is:
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? - Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
If God cares that much for the birds and provides for them, imagine how much more He cares for you. Next time you see a bird, let that serve as a reminder of how much more valuable you are to God. He knows exactly what you need and when you need it.
And let’s not forget the miraculous story of Easter either. God sent His Son to die on the cross for you. If you don’t already know that story, we have some great posts from this past March that tell you more about it. If you haven’t read those, I recommend taking a gander.
Did you know that you matter so much to God that He wants an actual relationship with you? That might sound weird, but it’s true. I’m not talking about the romantic kind of relationship like Jack & Rebecca have from “This Is Us.” A relationship with God begins when you accept Him as your Savior and pursue His truths found in the Bible. This happens by taking the time to read your Bible, spending time with a community of other Christians, and also by praying. Praying to God is as simple as having a conversation. He won’t actually verbally speak to you, but over time you’ll be communicating with God in ways you didn’t know you could.
Another cool fact is that God actually knows you better than you know yourself. Which means He knows all about your good, bad, and ugly. Even knowing all of that, He still loves and cares about you and every part of your life more than anyone ever will. On the days I’m doubting my worth and feeling like no one cares about me, one of my favorite Bible passages to read is Psalm 139:1-6 (NLT) which reads:
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me.
God loves you more that you can comprehend and He’s always walking alongside you. Please don’t let the behavior of imperfect Christians and others to keep you from getting to know God better and believing His truths found in the Bible. Know that you are never alone and you are so deeply loved.
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