God loves you — it’s the truth


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



God loves you. Think about that for a minute. The Supreme Being who created this Universe and everything in it by simply speaking the words, “Let it be” loves you.

I would imagine that could keep us thinking for a long, long time, because if you are like me, sometimes I don’t even “like” myself, much less, love myself. I may not like the way I look, or the fact that I’m getting older or that I don’t have the talents that someone else might have. Sometimes, I open my mouth and say something I wish I had not said, and sometimes I do things I wish I had not done. And yet, there isn’t a time that God doesn’t love me.

How do I know that? Well, there are plenty of scriptures in the Bible that tell us just how much God loves us. In Matthew 6:25 for instance, the Bible says that “God feeds the birds of the air; are you not much more valuable than they?” Good question, isn’t it. Yet, there are days when we don’t even feel that our mothers love us. We just kind of blend into the crowd and no one knows we are even alive. Am I talking to anyone today?

In Boston, there is a place called the Granary Burying Ground. It is a cemetery where many famous people are buried like John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. They are buried there, but no one really knows where in this burial ground they are buried because the headstones have been moved over the years to make the grounds more picturesque, and at other times they have been moved so that the lawn mowers could fit in between them. And while the Granary features about 2,300 markers, there are closer to 5,000 people buried there. Unfortunately, even in death, it seems, some people are not fully known.

I would imagine there are times in our lives when we feel as if we are like those unmarked residents of the Granary, unknown and unseen. Many things can make us feel unseen by others and maybe even by God. But we must remind ourselves that even on those days where we might feel that not even God is interested in us, He most certainly is.

How do I know that? Well, for one thing, God made us. We are His Creation and we are made in His image. God is not going to bring us into this world and then abandon us. His promise to us is that “even though we go through the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us and He will not forsake us. He will never leave us alone.”

Isn’t that an awesome promise? It certainly is. God has promised us that He will never leave us. And that means never. God values us so much, that when we fell into sin, He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on Calvary’s cross for our sins. Jesus paid the price of our sin and today, God offers us the free gift of eternal life; but we have to accept it for ourselves. It is a gift and it must be received. Even in our darkest hours, we can rest in the knowledge that we are never alone, for our loving God is with us.

It does not matter who you are, what you have done, what your past looks like, or what you are planning for your future. God loves you. He loves you so much, and He wants to spend all of eternity with you. Would you like to spend your eternity with Him? You can, by asking Jesus to become your Savior. I’d invite you to make that most important decision right now — while you are thinking about it.

Pray this prayer, “Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I ask that You forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Be the new Manager of my life. I receive the free gift of eternal life and I thank you for saving me. Now, help me to live for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen” Now get involved in a good Bible believing, Bible teaching church and start to grow in your faith

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.