One amazing thing about my journey with God is looking back and seeing His hand on my life all throughout my life. Even when I wasn’t following Him or even believed in Him – He was always there, loving me. Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Looking through the story of Christ, it completely amazes me at his love for everyone – even those who betrayed him. In the book of John chapters 13 and 14 – Jesus predicts his betrayal. Peter confesses his faithfulness to Jesus by saying that he would die for him but Jesus quickly counters and tells Peter that he will betray him 3 times that very night. But in the next sentence Jesus says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” Christ forgave Peter for doing something he hadn’t even done yet. He loved Peter, even though he knew that Peter would sin against him.
I have done so many things in my life that I consider terrible. In those broken times of my life, in those times where I was so lost and ashamed – God loved me. He loved me at my darkest. What an amazing God we have that He loves us so much that He sent Jesus Christ, who died for us even in the midst of our darkness. We can never deserve it – but still we are gifted with that unbelievable gift. I don’t know what your story is, but please know God loves you so much.
The one thing I have learned is that I don’t want to take Gods’ love for granted. Therefore, I want to always try to do better and be more of a godly woman. I will continue to work at transforming my life so I can be a witness to others. I sometimes get overwhelmed with what a work in progress I am still – but then I look back at the broken girl I use to be and I see how far I’ve come. God has taken me from a depressed girl with little self worth to a joyful and confident young woman. If he can do that with me – what more can he do with you?
Prayer: Father God, I am amazed at your gift to us. That you would send Jesus to us to die for us, even though we are sinful. Thank you for that beautiful gift. Please help me to not take it for granted. Please help me sin less and become more like Your Son, Jesus. We love you and we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Discussion: Were there times in your life where you saw God’s hand, even in your darker days?