God Brags About You
By Cathy Irvin
Do you know how special you are to God? Do you realize
that He loves you more than anything else? I think people have
a hard time really understanding God’s love for them. I
noticed in the Word of God that He went to great lengths to explain
His love, but we fail to see it.
He says we are the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32: 9-10); He
explains that if we obey His Word, then we--including our children--are
promised long life (Deuteronomy 12:28); He is our Good Shepherd
who knows us (John 10:14); He says He will never leave us nor
forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); He shares that it is His good pleasure
to give us the kingdom because He calls us friends (Luke 12:32);
He promises that He will give us everlasting life if we believe
in Him (John 3:16); and He will answer our prayers. The list is
endless concerning the things that God has done for us and will
continue to do for us.
I have a photo album that says Grandma’s Brag Book. In
it are pictures of my granddaughter when she was little. Whenever
I have shown it to family or friends, I have said, “Look
how adorable she posed!” or “Isn’t that a cute
face?” That is how God’s Word is -- full of Him bragging
We love Him because He first loved us and gave His Only Son to
die for our sins (1 John 4:10). Think about it. Jesus was blameless
and sinless, yet He allowed man to crucify Him so that He might
take our place. He laid down His life for us so that we would
inherit eternal life. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Truly, that is ultimate love. It takes a sacrificial love to die
in the place of another.
God is love Himself. In the beginning, God created the heavens
and the earth, yet He was not satisfied because He desired fellowship.
He gave us this opportunity to receive Him into our hearts or
to choose the world instead.
We can’t even love Him until we find out about what He
did for us at the cross, and even then we often find that we take
Him for granted. If you love someone, you talk to that person
and want to spend time with that person. Your desire will be to
develop a relationship, so you will need to cultivate it. God
is the Lover of our souls. We should draw near to Him and begin
that personal relationship with Him.
For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall
to pieces, My love won't walk away from you, my covenant commitment
of peace won't fall apart. The GOD who has compassion on you
says so. — Isaiah 54:10, The Message
When we come into the throne room to thank Him, and when we come
into worship to praise His name, these things please our heavenly
Father so much. Let’s do it more often because He loves
us and wants our love in return.
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Cathy Irvin authored well over 50 Devotions for CBN over three decades where she served the Lord Jesus Christ at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Cathy loved telling stories and glorifying God in all that she did. On December 16, 2011, Cathy left this earthly dwelling to take up residence in the dwelling prepared for her in Heaven. Her Devotions minister with love and truth.
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