“I created you in my own image.” (Genesis 1:27) “I knit you together in your mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:4) “You are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31) “You have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “There is none who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14: 2-3) "For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that all those who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16) “All your sins are forgiven.” (1 John 1:9) "All your unrighteousness has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.” (1 John 1: 7, 9) “You are now righteous in my sight with the very righteousness of my perfect Son.” (Romans 4:5)So, what does God expect from us that makes me certain He will not give up on us? I think, first and foremost, He wants us to know Him. This means we will need to have a relationship with Him. How can we have a relationship with God? First, through loving others the way God loves us. A tall order, that’s for sure. Jesus only gave us one commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” This includes loving those who we find difficult to love and challenging to forgive. Second, we will develop a relationship with God with the help of the Holy Spirit.
“Don’t live by your own power or understanding. No, live by my Spirit within you. (Zechariah 4: 6) “Remember, I have given you the Holy Spirit to be with you and in you. (Romans 5:5; John 14:17)The third way is through prayer. It is through prayer that we reach inside ourselves to ask for forgiveness. It is through prayer that we ask God to bless us and our children. God answers these prayers according to His will. We need to understand, every moment can be an opportunity for prayer. OK. I know this one’s a tough call. I read a story about a woman who prays every hour of her day. While she’s folding clothes, making lunches for her kids, paying her bills, driving to pick up her kids from school; she uses every opportunity to acknowledge God in prayer. Still, how will we know God is with us? How did you learn about loving your spouse or your parents or your children? You learned to know them through talking and finding out what makes them happy or sad or angry. You used your capacity for loving them by allowing them in your heart and soul and mind. This is the same with God. The end result is, we all matter to God. Why?
“When Jesus appears, you will be like him, because you shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2; Romans 8:29) “You are an ambassador for my Son.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)Remember, at one time Paul was an enemy of Jesus. He persecuted Christians. He adhered to the letter of the law rather than trying to understand God’s love. Yet, in the end, Paul was able to find God’s grace and embraced God’s love.
Copyright 2018 Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh
About the Author
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh (Cathy) completed her education in Special Education and English and now works as an Agent in the Insurance Industry. A mother and Grandmother, Cathy grew up in a large Catholic family and has spent the last 30 years as a caregiver for her husband, Jack. She is a cancer survivor which inspired her to begin writing six years ago.