But i'm not here today to "preach"- you can do that yourself. After all, the High Priest lives in you-"ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find" (Matthew 7:7) .
What I do encourage you to do today however, is to reflect on this simple yet profound truth written all over the bible: Jesus Loves You.
His love for you is deep. Deeper than you can ever imagine. It is personal. He does not give you some mass produced commercial solutions.
What bothers you, bothers Him to no end. Suffered an injustice? He feels angry for your behalf! In fact, you don't need to take revenge or feel bitter- Vengeance is His (Romans 12:19). Feeling ashamed of yourself? He's telling you that in Him, there is now no more condemnation- he remembers your sins no more (Romans 8:1)! Just run back to Him, and remember His works at the Calvary for no reason other than He Loves Us.
Our journey with Christ is, as it is, a journey. But before you embark on that journey, a daily reflection of His Love for you personally is crucial. This is what empowers you, what heals you. This is the substance of what Christianity is really about.
So, before you go "alright" and hit the 'X' button on your browser, just reflect on this and let this sink in :
"I am the disciple whom Jesus loves. Jesus loves ME, (Insert your name here)!"
And remember, unlike the world, God's words are not empty - His words and promises shall not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). He means it when He say "I Love you". Why wouldn't He? He made you, and numbers every single hair on your head (Matthew 10:30)!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
- Jia Lin Ang