“God carries your picture in His wallet.”
– Tony Campolo
Earlier this week I was having a conversation with my mother about how hard it is for some people to accept that God loves them. She is one such person. Raised to believe that she had to earn her way to into God’s good graces, she’s realized over the years that it is impossible. She struggles between her feelings of inadequacy and the knowledge that God’s loves her just as she is. She is not alone in these struggles. Accepting God’s love and grace is one of the hardest things for humans to do. One of the number one reasons we struggle with receiving love is that we don’t love ourselves. We don’t believe that we deserve nor can we ever truly be loved.
Are you trudging along out of habit and fear, inwardly wondering if God loves you, if He even likes you? Rob Hensser goes on to ask,
“[Do] you believe that God likes you, is fond of you? What if I were to say that when you walk into a room, God gets excited to see you? As you draw closer to Him, His heart skips a beat. He is so eager to talk with you that He can hardly wait for you to speak with Him. And if you decide to snub Him and simply walk past, His face falls in disappointment.”