“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
“You are loved just the way you are. You are valuable and precious, more than jewels.”
Sometimes, if I’m being honest, I can’t fully believe this truth. Let’s face it, there are always days that I feel inadequate, unsuccessful, insufficient and undeserving of anything good. There are days when I get reminded of all my mistakes and all the wrong things I have done in the past. There are days when I feel that everyone’s life is amazing except mine. And this would drive me to conclude that I have been pushed aside, forgotten, abandoned and neglected.
God is good, yes, but is He good to me? There are times I would find myself asking that question and honestly, that would really come from a breaking, aching heart.
But God would always remind me, through His word, a friend, a sermon, or an article online, that He is always good to me and I am always blessed. Even if it always doesn’t feel that way.
I like how the psalmist put it when he sang this praise to God, “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)
Goodness and unfailing love – two of the most coveted affections of the human heart, coming from the God of the universe Himself. That thought always blows me away. Here I am feeling inadequate and undeserving but someone – the One who created the universe – loves me the way no one else can. Unfailing love. When He saved me, He already proved that love for me but He didn’t stop there. Every day, He continues to pursue me with His blessings, grace and mercy, as if dying for me on a wooden cross is not yet enough.
How could I ever doubt that I am unloved and I don’t matter? How could I ever second-guess God’s unfailing love? How could I ever doubt that no matter how dull my life seems to be these days, there will always better and exciting days ahead, or that there is always good in every day. How could I ever doubt Him when He said that when I surrendered my life to Jesus, all my sins have been forgiven and forgotten and I have been restored and redeemed?
I know I will always forget, though. But God, in His unending grace and mercy, will always remind me that I am loved and cherished and He will always choose to see me the way He created me and not how the world had conditioned me to be.
In His eyes, in my Father’s eyes, I always have potential to be better and better and better…