Jesus loves you: It’s a phrase that you and I have probably heard a million times.
If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you may have read many Bible verses on love. You may have even grown up singing phrases like “Jesus loves me this I know.”
But have you allowed the truth that Jesus loves you to really sink into your heart? Do you still wonder “How do I know God loves me?”
I firmly believe that statements like “Jesus loves me” won’t move from our heads to our hearts unless we are given the opportunity to choose to trust in God’s love regardless of the circumstance.
Today, I’m sharing a few stories about when God has asked me to fully believe in His love for me (one of them required me to literally stake my life on the truth “Jesus loves you.”)
I’m sharing these testimonies so that you too can know–beyond a shadow of a doubt–that Jesus’ love is real, and that Jesus loves you too.
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How Knowing God’s Love Saved My Life
One day almost twenty years ago, I came face to face with a horrible fact: I wanted to die.
I had battled depression and self-esteem issues for a long time, and the pain had become unbearable.
As I sat on the floor of my college apartment’s bathroom (a bottle of aspirin in my hand and tears rolling down my cheeks), I wrestled with my jumbled, emotional thoughts.
I’d become a Christian only a year before. Although I hadn’t grow up singing the wonderful childhood song “Jesus Loves Me,” God’s love had thankfully been hidden in my heart in that short amount of time.
Way down deep was a quiet truth that softly whispered to my troubled soul: Jesus loves you.
I heard these life-changing words not from “the big man upstairs” (how many people picture God). No, this was the Jesus who had suffered extreme heartache and pain like I had. This was the Jesus who knew the depth of my sin.
This was the Jesus who had brought true meaning into my life only a year before. And this was the same Jesus who sat there with me on that bathroom floor, comforting me in my deep sorrow and promising me He would never leave me.
That day I didn’t believe the truth that Jesus loved me, at least not fully. But just a tiny glimmer of “Jesus loves me” in my heart was enough to compel me to put down the bottle of pills and continue to push through the mess.
How Jesus’ Love Was My Hope As a Young Mom
Fast forward ten years. My life had radically changed: The depression was behind me, and now I was happily married with two small boys.
I was again exhausted and emotional, but for a very different reason. As I nursed a new baby all night and chased a toddler all day, my self-identity was once again in question.
I asked God, “Who am I?” as I embraced the relentless role of motherhood. And in my heart I heard him confirm once again: You are loved. You are mine.
Once again, I had to choose to lean on the truth “Jesus loves me” in order to get those draining, sleepless years as a new mom.
I saw the exhaustion and chaos continue as we welcomed in our third and fourth babies. And there were many days when I wondered, “Will I ever be more than the person who settles sibling conflicts and soothes scraped knees?”
That’s when I saw God remind me that my identity, first and foremost, was outlined by Him. His perspective of me (perfectly loved and complete in Him) offered me worth and value.
Day by day (through a thousand tiny ways), I watched Him make the phrase “Jesus loves you” more and more real to my heart. I was loved and important to Him no matter what.
How “Jesus Loves Me” Is My Daily Anchor
Scary things. Beautiful things. And thanks to Jesus’ loving presence, they’ve been transformative things.
You see, God has taught me to filter everything that happens to me through the truth “Jesus loves me.” Psalm 5:12 explains that God’s love is a shield to those who follow Him, and that promise allows me to make peace with the trials I continue to encounter.
Can life be excruciatingly difficult, demanding, and even heart-wrenching at times? Absolutely.
But knowing that God loves me is the anchor that holds my life in place.
The more I trust God’s love in all circumstances, the more I’ve watched the truth “Jesus loves me” grow stronger and more vibrant in my heart.
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I say that the truth “Jesus loves me” changes everything because, well, it simply does.
You will look at your circumstances differently. You will parent differently. You will manage your finances differently. You will speak differently to your spouse.
What once looked frightening and overwhelming becomes bearable (and dare I say, joy-filled!) when you can understand and completely believe this simple truth: Jesus loves me.
When you realize that the One holding the entire universe together is the same one who is completely crazy about you, you find yourself realizing that there really is nothing to be afraid of.
Life doesn’t become perfect, but the pain becomes purposeful as you trust that His love will re-make it into a glorious testimony.
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Think about it: How differently would your life choices have been if you’d known beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were utterly and completely loved by God?
“Jesus loves you” is a life truth that changes everything, isn’t it!
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Other Posts About God’s Love
- 32 Comforting Bible Verses About God’s Love
- Ultimate List of Bible Verses About Love
- God’s Love Letter for You (for the Tough Mothering Days)
- How to Teach Confidence to Kids (11 Truths for Christian Parents)
- 4 Ways to Raise Confident Kids Who Love God
Take the Next Step Towards God’s Love
You are treasured. Known. And loved by God!
There is nothing else that satisfies like knowing you are deeply loved and accepted by God.
And the only way for the truth “Jesus loves me” to move from our heads to our hearts is for us to choose to discover the truth for ourselves!
The Be Loved 5Rs Bible Study™ Journal and Guides are a wonderful way to make the phrase “Jesus loves you” real in your heart. Enjoy this Bible study on love by yourself or to share with your family!
Get started today on making this truth finally real in your heart: Jesus loves you!