“… I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2.20
We are all aware that Jesus came to this earth because he loves us, but I
wonder if we fully understand the implications of this? When we read that Jesus loved us, it means that he didn't come to earth out of duty. Instead he came because he looked at us and was so captivated by what he saw that he was willing to lay aside everything for us.
When Jesus looks at you, he sees something that you don't see. You might see your
past failures, your sins, or all the bad things that go through your mind. When this is your focus you wonder how anybody could possibly love you - perhaps you don't even like yourself! Yet when Jesus looks at you he sees something utterly different.
He sees someone who has been uniquely created by Father God. You are not a mistake, someone who has slipped through the net, but a person created by God. Jesus sees the handiwork of God the Father all over you.
The challenge of this is that you have to stop and change the way you think about
yourself. If Jesus looked at you and was willing to do all he did because of what he saw in you and his love for you, then you have to change the way you see yourself.
You are no longer a failure, but an individual created by the Father, loved by Jesus and in whom the Holy Spirit chooses to dwell. This is something you need to take seriously. Repeat these truths over yourself and begin to see yourself in a different light.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission