“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
I think that Zephaniah 3:17 has always been my favorite verse. I love how it says that God delights in us and rejoices over us. Throughout the past years in my relationship with God learning how much God loves me has has and is changing me. God's love for me has changed my life and how I see life.
It is amazing how much God loves us. God loves us so much that He sent His own son to die on the cross. God loves us so much that we get to be called Children Of God. And that Jesus laid down his life for us.
God's love has changed my life... how? How has God's love changed my life and helped me? Knowing that God loves me gives me comfort through out my life. Knowing that God loves me has helped me see my disability in a different way. Knowing that God loves me calms down my severe anxiety. Knowing that God loves me has helped me to be a better person and make the right choices. Knowing that God loves me has gotten me to want to help others know the love of God. For
"May have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,"
How deep, how long and how wide is God's love for us. We cannot even fully understand how much God loves us. Because God loves us He doesn't see our mistakes, He doesn't look at our outward appearances He looks in our hearts, He forgives us.
I am going to break down Zephaniah 3:17 and we will look at how God loves us.
"The Lord your God is with you" Because God is always with us we can be confident that God is with us in every situation walking hand in hand with us
"He is mighty to save" God saves us from our sins and has given us the chance to go to Heaven so we can rejoice in that
"He will take great delight in you" God takes great delight in us and loves us for who we are and doesn't look at past mistakes. He chooses to see the good in us and loves us just the way we are
"He will quiet you in His love" When you feel scared or anxious about anything remember how much God loves us and rest in his loving arms and presence and feel his love overflowing for you
"He will rejoice over you with singing" Because God loves and cares for us so much he turns His love into songs for us rejoicing over us with gladness. Take the birds of the air for example. Everyday they are singing it's like God's love singing to us and saying "I love you so much" "I am here for you" and "Do not fear"
So go into your day with your head up high being confident how much God loves us and that He rejoices us with singing.