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Safe in God’s Love

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“According to Your love remember me”

(Psalm 25:7)

Reflection:

When we are down – feeling lost, lonely, sick, a failure, inadequate, whatever it may be – it is so easy to transfer our feeling of remoteness on to God. It is also easy to imagine that he looks at us in the same way that we look at ourselves – with disgust, despair, frustration, anger or shame. But this is, unintentionally, to make Him in our image, when He is not like us at all.

David picks this up. He does not ask God to remember him according to his, David’s, love, but according to God’s love. This is a love that is higher, wider, deeper, greater than any love that we could imagine. It is a love that has given everything for us, even God Himself. In fact, David is asking God to remember and love him, the way God is and not the way David is. This is a huge difference.

The closest we might get to this is to see or experience it in the love of a parent for a child – which might continue in the face of rejection and failure. The parent loves because of the love in the parent, not because of the love in the child, or displayed in the child’s actions. God loves us because of the love in God. The best single word that John could find to describe God was that ‘God is Love.’

Both the Cross and 1 Corinthians 13 tell us something about that love.

We will always be unworthy. We will always feel unworthy. We will always feel that we fall short of who and what we could be, and who and what we think God might want us to be. But God does not love us because we are worthy. He loves us because He is God, and because of the love that is within Him –a glorious, abundant, overflowing, creative, life-giving, forgiving, cleansing, never-ending, sacrificial and holy Love.

With David, therefore, we can in truth, trust and relief pray:

“According to Your love remember me”

and know that He will.

Response:

Dare to believe and accept it – and receive it

Prayer:

Father, please help me to accept the way that You see me from Your love,  and not to think it is the gloomy way that I can see myself. Amen

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2 thoughts on “Safe in God’s Love

  1. Pingback: Encountering the Love of God « Daniel Lovett

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