“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”
Psalms 103:11-13 (NIV)
Our belief in the love that God has for us is foundational to our Christian Faith. It has everything to do with our Christian walk. David Benner in his book “The Gift of Being Yourself” writes, “Neither knowing God nor knowing self can progress very far unless it begins with the knowledge of how deeply we are loved by God. Until we dare to believe that nothing can separate us from God’s love – nothing that we could do or fail to do, nor anything that could be done by anyone else to us – we remain in the elementary grades of the school of Christian transformation.—In order for our knowing of God’s love to be truly transformational, it must become the basis of our identity. Our identity is who we experience ourselves to be—the I each of us carries within. An identity grounded in God would mean that when we think of who we are, the first thing that would come to mind is our status as someone who is deeply loved by God.” It is this kind of assurance that changes a person. It is this “Aha” awareness that changes the course of a life. David knew this. You can hear the joy in his voice, the child like exuberance, as he writes, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” This is the kind of love, grace and forgiveness that ignites a fire deep in our soul. Today, meditate on His love for you. Think about the grace He has given you over and over again. Let the image of a loving compassionate father coming to you with open arms permeate your minds eye. Might this day begin a new awareness of how precious you are to God.
Father, thank You for Your love for me. Thank You for Your amazing forgiveness. Help me not to this for granted but instead help me find my true identity in the fact that I am someone who is deeply loved by You.
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