This is Part 2 of a blog series based on Barry Bennett’s book, Did God Do This to Me? It gives straightforward, biblical answers to many important and frequently-asked questions about God and His Word.
Accepting God’s love is a perpetual struggle for mankind.
Man by nature (sinful, fallen nature) assumes a position of unworthiness and guilt. All of man’s religions are built on the concept of fear, ignorance and guilt.
That is why Christianity is so unique. Rather than a fearful, guilt-ridden man reaching up to a mysterious, angry God, Jesus came down to us to show us the Father. He reconciled Himself to us, took all of our sins and their judgment on Himself and freely offers us His life!
We have a hard time dealing with this. We feel we must do something to be accepted by God. But the love of God declares that He did it all for us.
Love gives, and Love forgives.
To see and comprehend love, you only have to look at Jesus. He is God’s love manifested. He healed all who came to Him. He forgave sin, fed the multitudes, raised the dead and taught us how to live. Jesus is our picture of love. Jesus loves you, and there is no difference between Jesus and God. Jesus is God manifested in flesh.
Pray the following prayer, adapted from Ephesians 3:16-19. Pray it daily, meditate on it and believe that God will reveal His love to you.
“Father, grant me, according to the riches of your glory, to be strengthened with might by your Spirit in my inner man; That Christ may dwell in my heart by faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that I might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Eph. 3:16-19).
As you spend time with Him and ask Him to reveal His love to you, you will begin to get a revelation that will transform your life!
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” —1 John 4:16