In my counseling and my personal life, I have found it is very easy to start thinking that God accepts and loves us on the basis of performance. We are quick to adopt the "daisy theology": "He loves me, He loves me not." We tend to think, God loves me if I am obeying Him, but He doesn't love me if I am failing Him. Your feelings may tell you that is a true statement, but I want you to know it is a lie! Regardless of your behavior or performance, God loves you!  

The Father with the Son

The day Jesus began His public ministry, the father's voice thundered from heaven as soon as Jesus was baptized, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well-pleased. Listen to Him" (Matthew 3:17). How amazing; how significant! Before Jesus had performed one miracle, the Father publicly set His love and approval on Him. Do you see the principle? God does not love you based on your performance. He loves you because He chose to love you, regardless of your performance.   

If you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you are a child of God (1 John 3:1). And God loves His children, every one of them. He has no favorites, only intimates. And the intimates are those who have learned to believe and receive His love for them and act accordingly. 

The Secret to Pleasing God

Do you want to know the secret to pleasing God and living a life of obedience to His commandments? It all has to do with believing and receiving His great love for you. When you understand how much He really loves you, you can't help but really love Him back: "We love, because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). And when you really love Him back, you obey Him: "He who has My commandments and keeps them, He it is who loves Me" (John 14:21). 

The key is love. It is all about love, God's love for you and your response of love for Him. That is why Jude earnestly pleads, "Keep yourselves in the love of God" (Jude 1:21). The love of God is the cornerstone of a victorious and thrilling Christian life.

Why not take some time today and meditate on His love for you? Read Ephesians 3:14-21, and let God root you and ground you in His limitless love. You will be amazed at the peace and joy that will flow into your heart as you believe and receive His love.  

"For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."  —Ephesians 3:14-21

LOOKING UP TO THE GOD WHO LOVES ME 

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, 
which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him? And 
the son of man, that You care for him? Psalm 8:3-4 

When I was in college at the University of Texas, I used to go to the library at night to study. As I would walk home to my dorm at 11:00 p.m. or so, I would look up into the night sky and think about the greatness of God. I felt so small compared to the vastness of the universe. I would say with David, "Wow, Lord. Who am I that you would care for me or even give me a thought? You are so awesome, and I am so insignificant."