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SOAP-This Is How Much I Love You

“But now, GOD ’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1-4‬ ‭MSG‬‬
http://bible.com/97/isa.43.1-4.msg

Observation

The culture I grew up in has almost ruined the phrase, “I love you.” It wasn’t intentional but we use it entirely too much. When someone is leaving we say, “Love you.” When someone arrives we say, “Love you.” When someone says something really funny we say, “I just love you.” Then we talk about how much we love our stuff. We love the sunshine. We love our movies. We love it all. There is nothing wrong with this. I just wonder if the word “love” has lost some of its potency so that when God says, “I love you” we are not moved. In the verse above, God is saying that He paid a huge price for us because of His great love and would do it all again. Isn’t that amazing! We know that the ultimate price He paid was to send His Son on a rescue mission to die in our place. O What A Savior! If we could ever fully understand how much God loves us, we would never think of ourselves as useless, worthless, or unwanted. 

Application

  • Live from the approval not for the approval of God. 
  • Do not be defined by the opinions of men but by what God already says about us. 
  • Live my life to its fullest in honor of the one who gave His life for me.

Prayer

“Heavenly Father, help me live everyday in awe of You and Your Love for me.” 

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