READ | Ephesians 3:14-19
The scripture says that God loves us, and the
cross proves it. Sadly, though, this is an intellectual truth for many
believers, rather than an experiential one. The problem is not with the
Lord, but with the individual's capacity to sense His care.
One hindrance may be the tendency to measure
divine love by life's circumstances. When the Lord allows tragedies and
pain, some consider Him uncaring. The age-old question then becomes
very personal: "How could a loving God allow me or those I care about to
suffer?" We'll never fully understand His ways, but we can know that
His compassion and concern are bigger than the suffering of the whole
world, and in the fullness of time, He'll make all things right.
A sense of personal unworthiness can also
obstruct the acceptance of God's love. Focusing on past sins and moral
failures or comparing yourself with others will lead to guilt and
hopelessness. Satan specializes in promoting these self-condemning
thoughts and feelings. The Lord never says, "Straighten up, and then
I'll care about you." Remember that divine love is based on God's
character, not on our performance.
The root of all the barriers to experiencing
God's love is unbelief. When we deny His interest and concern for us,
we doubt the truth of scripture.
The Lord wants each of us to experience
His great love in a personal, intimate way. Don't let the Enemy's lies
or life's hardships steal the enjoyment and security of this great
blessing. When doubts arise, rely on the truth of God's Word. He loves
you. Believe it, and eventually you will feel it.