Tell them

I took the day off yesterday and spent it working on my to-do list. I enjoy seeing my farmhouse go from being a house to a home after all the restoration work we’ve done.

At one point, I took a break and checked my social media. I noticed that a number of people had posted a meme-styled image saying, Life is short. Make sure you tell someone they matter now, not when it’s too late.

I started to count them, more than a half dozen popped up. It made me wonder if I had missed a news story or something. The people who posted the image were from various states and were not connected to each other.

Who would I want to talk with and who needed to know they mattered? My dear one who has been battling depression came to mind, but I was already praying for them every day.

Then God tapped me in my heart, Who needs to know they matter to Me?

Oh.

When it comes to God, His love for us is beyond measure. Yet, too few believe that He could love them that way, love them that much. So many people who matter to me also believe that they are only given an allotment of love for their whole lives. Once that portion of love is used up, they don’t get any more. Many dear ones in my life were taught this perspective of love by their parents. It is wrong and it is completely the opposite of how God feels about us.

God says, He has loved us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3).

He says that we are, Precious in His sight (Isaiah 43:4).

John 3:16 says it best, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not die but have everlasting life (bold mine).

Again and again, throughout the Bible, there are verses and examples of the love God has for us. I can hear you saying, Yeah, but you don’t know what I have done. God could never love me that way. The Bible is full of men and women who were on “the wrong side” of things and still God loved them. There are murderers, adulterers, liars, thieves, cheats, prostitutes even, all of whom were loved by God and who are part of the vast story of God’s amazing love for mankind.

So Dear One, please do not believe the enemy when he says, yeah, but God could never love you after all you have done.

That is a lie. Straight from Hell itself.

You are not an exception to the rule for God’s love. No one is. We are all loved by God and we are all within the boundaries of His everlasting love.

Now then, please know that while God loves you unconditionally, you are the one who will decide to receive it or not. The same killers, thieves, liars, and such I mentioned, had to make a choice. They could continue to kill and lie and tell God they didn’t want His love or they could tell God they wanted to stop their behavior and embrace the love He was (and still is) offering.

This is where things matter. Yes, absolutely, God loves you. That doesn’t change. It’s what we do with that love that determines the next step in our lives. Do we accept that we need His love and forgiveness for our behavior? Do we throw it back at Him and tell Him forget about it?

Best Beloved, only you can determine your answer. I cannot decide for you, no one else can either. But know this: life is short, you do matter, and this is a decision worth making.

The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Peter‬ ‭3:9‬).

I am praying for you today and always.

Blessings,

oxoxox

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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