The Soft Spot In Jesus’ Heart

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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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Comments

  1. says

    A verse that really blew me away when I first noticed it was Zeph. 3:17 – “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Another translation reads: “…he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” That’s hard for me to imagine, but what a comfort and blessing it is to my soul!

  2. says

    I recently tripped over Sam Storms’ book The Singing God: Discover the Joy of Being Enjoyed by God. I really like other things that I’ve read by Storms, but I completely blew this off. I was afraid that thinking about how much God loves me might cause me to become proud…or something (I now see the foolishness of that thought because it’s not that He loves me because of something I have done but because of what Christ has done so there really is no room for boasting anyway).

    After reading your post, God brought to my mind this thought: We love because He first loved us (1 Jn. 4:19). Thus we should be able to grow in our love for Him by focusing on His love for us. Anyway, it did persuade me to order the book. Thanks! (The weird thing is…this isn’t the first time I’ve had this thought…I just can’t seem to keep it in my mind. Surprise, surprise…it’s like the Garden of Eden all over again. Satan essentially caused Eve to doubt God’s love for her. When we truly believe that God loves us, obeying Him will be pure delight because we know that He wants what’s best for us. As Storms says in his book More Precious Than Gold, “What we so often fail to see, however, is that God has commanded nothing but what is conducive to our maximum spiritual satisfaction. He forbids us only that which would diminish our capacity to enjoy him to the fullest” (pg. 255).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter! Wow! God used this post to allow me to get a glimpse of something for a moment.

  3. says

    Hi Violet,

    Isn’t that a wonderful verse? It’s so incredible to think of God exulting over us with loud singing. And when we get to heaven, we’ll hear him do this! Thanks for commenting.

    Hey Elizabeth,

    You are right – the effect of meditating on Christ’s love for us is to cause us to grow in our love for him. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  4. B. Minich says

    Thanks for this, Mark. I have been thinking a lot about God’s love lately – isn’t He kind to love us? Just finished the story of Zechariah, who doubted God’s message to him, but who was given the chance to repent and see the child that both he and his wife had longed a lifetime for, and who was granted his speech again when he repented. What a loving Father we have indeed!

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