Oh How He Loves You and Me!

He loves me!No daisy petal wondering here.  I know He loves me.As I mark another year in what is getting to be a lengthy life, His love for me continues to astonish, overwhelm, amaze, comfort, encourage, lift, strengthen…me.  Wow!.One of the benefits of adding years is you begin to grasp why God put you here.I think I am understanding that the most important message I have to communicate is to help people, including myself, comprehend how incredibly much God loves each one of us. Yes, we surely know this, but do we really comprehend it?Just listen to these thoughts God has toward us…“I am the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 2:8) The NIV notes tell me that means that I am someone who is to be greatly protected.“I am a treasure to Him.” Ephesians 1:18 reminds me that I am part of the riches of His glorious inheritance.“He delights in me.” In Zephaniah 3:17, I am told that God is with me, He takes great delight in me, He quiets me with His love and He rejoices over me with singing.“I am His joy.” In Hebrews 12:1, I learn that Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. That joy was a restored relationship with me.“He died for me.” Because of His great desire for me and delight in me, He was willing to redeem me with the price of His own life. What an incredible love! (Galatians 4:4-5)“He keeps doing good to me.” In Jeremiah 32:38-41, God promises, “I will make an everlasting covenant with them. I will never stop doing good to them. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.”And what is the response of my heart?I am so grateful. I feel so loved. I rest securely. I truly want to love Him in return with my whole being. And I can’t help but let that love overflow and touch others.I pray that you--and I--being rooted and established in this incredible love, may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.Being reminded of the depth of His love is a great birthday present!