Just Because

     He Loves Me Just because

by J. C. Corcoran

My relationship with my earthly father was one that I would never wish on my worst enemy. I don’t know why, or what I ever did to my earthly father but I’ve always felt as though he hated me for some reason. I remember the many beatings I received from him; and I remember all the names he called me, i.e. “stupid”, “birdbrain”, and, excuse my language but, his favorite name for me was “shit for brains”. I cannot remember, one single time, ever hearing him tell me he loved me.

So, when I was told that God loved me, I had a whole lot of trouble accepting it. But now I can truly say that I know that I know that God, my heavenly Father loves me. Even with all the things I’ve done to be undeserving of His love. Like Saul of Tarsus, I’ve been a chief among sinners. I’ve broken every one of God’s laws several times over. And yet, He loves me so much that he allowed His only Son to die for me (John 3:16).

My earthly father never told me he loved me, but my heavenly Father tells me, and shows me, time after time, after time.

My earthly father called me terrible, filthy names but my heavenly Father calls me “good and faithful servant”.

I don’t know why my earthly father hated me so and he’s gone now so, I guess I’ll never know. But I know my heavenly Father loves me and He will go on forever, which means that love will go on forever. He promises to never leave me nor forsake me. He loves me unconditionally.

I tried and tried to gain my earthly father’s acceptance and it’s just the opposite with God, my heavenly Father. There is nothing I need to do, or can do, to receive His love. He loves me just because…..

Can you feel the love I’m talking about? Just go to Him. He’s knocking at the door of your heart…(Rev.3:20) In Romans 10:9-10, He says “confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved.”

Believe me when I say He loves you just because.

Search the Scriptures

119

“….follow the instructions of the Lord…”

“…obey His laws…”

Do you read the Bible?

Do you claim to love God? Do you claim to be a follower of Christ Jesus? If you’re not reading the Scriptures, following the instructions and obeying His laws, then I would have to say that your claims to loving God and following Jesus are not the truth; at least not the whole truth.

Have you ever read Psalm 119? No less than ten times in the first sixteen verses we are told that we should read the Scriptures. If we want to know God, and why wouldn’t we if we say we love Him, then why wouldn’t we read the book He sent us?

In Matthew 7:21 Jesus tells us that “only those who obey the will of God can be His disciples.” How can you obey the “will of God” if you don’t know what it is? And how can you know what it is if you don’t read it?

Are you married? Do you love your spouse? Did you learn all you could about them before you married, or did you just jump in and hope for the  best?

119:15 says it so plain… “I will study your commands and reflect on your ways.” Not just read it, but study it and reflect on it. You cannot expect to be close to God and learn His words merely by listening to a weekly sermon. Acts 17:11 tells us that the people “…searched the Scriptures daily…” to make sure they were being told the truth.

How can we do any less? I urge you to do like they did and like I, myself, do. Search the Scriptures daily. And please don’t use the excuse that you don’t have time; especially if you spend several hours a week in front of the television. What’s more important to you; NFL scores or your soul?

Begin today to read daily and you might start with Psalm 119. The writer of Psalm 119 must say it a hundred times in one form or another:

“revive me by your word”

“encourage me by your word”

“Teach me your decrees”

“I obey your instructions.”

Verse 97 says, “I love your instructions; I think about them all day long.” Now, that’s a man who loves God.

So, I’ll ask you again; do you claim to love God? Then study His words and learn His will.

I pray that God will fill you with the knowledge of His will; with wisdom and understanding. And to God be the glory. Amen