I used to think that God mostly tolerated me.
He saved me, and therefore had obligated himself to love me, but man, was I hard to love. I was sure that much of the time Jesus had to be mildly irritated or disappointed with me. Like I was the only kid remaining when the team captains were picking players and he’d gotten stuck with me. “Ok, Altrogge, I guess you’re on my team.”
Do you think the Lord views you this way? If you’re a believer, then nothing could be further from the truth.
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus (PHP 1.8).
Did you catch the last 5 words of that verse – “the affection of Christ Jesus”? The Creator and Lord of the Universe, our Savior, feels a deep and tender affection for those he ransomed.
He doesn’t merely tolerate you; he yearns for you – with intense care and concern. He feels the warm devotion a parent feels for a child. He doesn’t love you because has to, but enjoys you and delights in you because he sees his own image in you. He loves you because he chose to, not because of anything lovable in you.
But not only does Jesus love you, he likes you. He’s got a soft spot in his heart for you. Like the soft spot I have for my granddaughter. Our church is full of cute little toddlers, but when my eyes alight on Charis, I can’t help but swell with a special affection I feel for her alone.
If you’ve trusted in Jesus, you’re one of his sheep that he called by name. He’s engraved you on his heart. He’s called you his friend. And he’s longing for the day he’ll show you his glory in heaven.
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