Friday, July 11, 2008

He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not

A few days ago while walking in the driveway, I stopped and picked a few of the Black-eyed Susan wildflowers growing along the side. Almost every time I see a flower like this I think about the childish rhyme, "He loves me....he loves me not....he loves me....he loves me not..." that people...mostly young girls... chant while pulling off one flower petal at a time. I was introduced to this little 'game', you might call it, as a youngster. It held so much promise of happiness but yet also the possibility of sorrow. Whether I ended up happy or sad was determined by which phrase..."he loves me"....or...."he loves me not"...corresponded to the last petal on the flower!

All of us are born with the need to be loved. It's sad to say that in this day and time there are many who don't experience that love from their family and friends and some turn to unsavory places and circumstances to try to meet that need for love.

Probably more people than we can imagine have felt at one time or another that no one loved them. Maybe someone close to you has even felt that way and you knew nothing about it. It's something that can be hard to admit and even harder to talk about.

Although the love we feel from family and friends is a very wonderful thing, there is a love that is even deeper and more wonderful. I'm talking about the love that God has for each and every person on planet Earth. God loves you more than any human being could ever love you. And you know what? God wants you to love Him back!

Have you ever felt that because you did or said something that was wrong that God didn't love you any more? And on the other hand, do you ever feel that when you try to do something "big" for God, that He will love you more? I've felt both of those opposing emotions. Sometimes I do things that I know are a disappointment to God and I think within myself..."I guess God doesn't love me much right now! (sigh!)" And on the other hand, sometimes when I try really hard to do something 'big' for God, I think..."I guess God must love me more today!" When in reality, neither of these conclusions are true! God is love! Pure and simple. He loves me when I'm bad. He loves me when I'm good. He loves me because He is God and not because of anything I do or don't do. Period. God loved me...and you...and every person past, present, and much that He gave Himself in the form of Jesus to pay for our sins on Calvary's cross. It's not what we DO but what He DID that we need to remember! "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4: 10

I have found these things to be true: I have found that the more I love Jesus....the more I love the people around me. ("By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13: 35) I have found that the more I love Jesus....the less I worry about the future. ("There is no fear in love..."1 John 4: 18) I have found that the more I love Jesus, the more I recognize His love for me. ("We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4: 19)

So...the moral of my story today is this.....if you pick a flower and pull the petals off to the rhythm of "He loves me"....He loves me not" doesn't really matter what phrase the last petal lands on where God is concerned....because "God IS love!" 1 John 4: 8

Thanking Him for loving me!



Anonymous said...

I remember He lovesme,he loves me not'wonder if kids play it nowdays?

Anonymous said...

What a great truth that satan
wants hidden.


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I think it's a game we all play at one time or another. Our constant wheels of "Christian doing" often reflect our thoughts in the matter. The more we "do" the more God will love.

Faulty theology, as you have so beautifully portrayed with your post, Marilyn. We are matter the spacing of the petals or the number of the petals or the count of the petals. Even if there are no petals, God's love is unchangeable and constant. God is love. He simply is.

And we are the recipients of his lavish grace.

PS...praying for the banquet!

Leah said...

Amen, sister and I'm so glad He does. I know I can be downright unloveable at times and I'm glad He is all about that unconditional love thing!!


Mariel said...

great truth! I just read this morning of Rachel and Leah's 'incident' in Scripture. It grieved me afresh for Leah and her failure to see the love the Father had for her. How often we seek to be loved by a person and thus miss the love of the Father that makes us radiant!

Joyful said...

Well, you know this echoes in my heart Marilyn. Daisies, God's "I love you flower" continue to speak of His, "I love you, I love you, I love you...."

God's not the only One who loves you,
hugs, Joy