Psalms 51 and 1 John 4:9-12
Do you ever feel dirty? Lost? Fallen? Sinful? Inadequate? Incapable? Weak? Lonely? How about right now? How do you feel about God and yourself?
Maybe you’re feeling like David did, guilty, ashamed, and in need of God, but you wonder if God will take you after what you’ve done. Maybe you feel like you’ve let Him down, not in one big way, but in a lot of little ways, repeatedly failing in one area. Maybe you just feel out of touch with God: you can’t feel Him with you and you can’t feel His mercy.
Maybe your heart cry is something like David’s: God, I know You can heal me; will You? Or after all I’ve done, am I destined to be a lost cause? We try to stick with God through these times, but we wonder if He really wants us with Him.
There’s something amazing about being in this circumstance, and it’s seeing that God still loves you. Say that aloud to God, “You love us.” It’s powerful, right? It’s spiritually invigorating and reviving because He enthusiastically agrees. God does love us, even when we don’t deserve it and even when we don’t feel like He could. He loves us!
God can bring us to places where we see how bad we really are and how little we really can follow Him on our own to draw us back to His side, and even closer than before. Often times feeling broken, dirty, and unworthy is a good sign; it means God’s breaking down our pride, callousness, stubbornness, and self-reliance. He’s showing us that we need Him and that He loves us even when we’re lost and beaten. Even when we’re broken. And through those times, He brings us to the place of relying completely on Him. This love God gives us really is all we need.
“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Psalms 51:17
This message of God’s all-satisfying love is all we need; He takes care of everything else. This love is also what the people around us need. Believers and unbelievers alike need this love God has given us. We are called to show others this love God has shown us by telling them about it and also loving them ourselves.
We have a tendency to assume people are okay or, better yet, a tendency to not see them at all. But if God has revealed to us anything about humans, it’s that there isn’t one person who’s okay on his own. God alone can make us whole. The people all around us, Christians or not, need God. Since God has accepted us, shouldn’t we tell others He’ll accept them too? Shouldn’t we tell them He’ll do everything for them that He’s done for us? If God loves us and wants us to know it so deeply, He wants them to know too. And He will call you to show them.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:10-11
Open my eyes to Your love, dear Lord. Open my eyes to see Who You truly are.