Sunday, 24th July, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"The Lord appeared from of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you" (Jeremiah 31:3 AMPC)
I was listening to a testimony some time ago and the lady who was testifying said, “I didn’t know that God loves me so much.” That statement touched me deeply. She found out that God loves her, and it changed everything for her. To realize that God loves you personally is one of the greatest discoveries you’ll ever make in your life.
The love of God is unfathomable and immeasurable. He’s more ambitious for your success than you could ever be for yourself. What glory will fill your soul when you discover this reality! It’ll transform your life totally.
Hebrews 13:5 says, “…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” (AMPC). This means even if you walk away from Him, He’ll go after you until you prove to Him you don’t want Him. But He always wants you, and He’ll always love you.
Why doesn’t He give up on you? Why does He always want you? And why will He always want you? It’s because He loves you personally. He truly does. If you were the only person on the face of the earth, Jesus would still have come to die for you.
When He made you, He made you to look and function like Him. He sees Himself in you. When you misbehave, He doesn’t look for how to punish you; rather, He seeks to help you and make you become who He really wants you to be. He knows you’d get better if you’d listen to Him and receive His words; so, He always brings His Word to you to correct you, guide you and perfect you. He genuinely loves you.
There might be some people in your family that despise you. There might be some people who may not really like you; it makes no difference. The only one who really counts is Jesus Christ, and He loves you affectionately. Let that mean more than the whole world to you.
"Loving Father, thank you for the love you’ve so lavished upon me; it’s love without limits. It’s such a delight to know that I’m special and valuable to you. I walk every day in and with the consciousness of your unfailing love. I manifest and radiate your love to my world today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Isaiah 49:15-16; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:16
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 28:17-31 & Psalms 30-31
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Ephesians 2:1-10 & Isaiah 44