Do you feel alone or even unloved? I've been there before, feeling completely abandoned and unloved. It is not a place that I like being, but it is a target that Satan knows how to hit. He is seeking how he can destroy us, and those in ministry have targets that Satan really enjoys hitting.
In a past post, I wrote about the armor of God. When we read about the armor of God we learn about the belt of truth. What is the truth, well the truth is you are loved! I mean really loved!
Working in ministry can be a lonely place and one lie our adversary likes to say is that you are alone and unloved.
Do you need more proof than just me telling you? How about hearing it from the perfect word of God. Here are 5 Bible Verses for those moments when you feel unloved.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. - 1 John 3:1
He doesn't only call us His children, but he fully claims us, giving us rights as His children.
Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” - Zephaniah 3:14-17
God loves you so much that he sings over us with rejoicing. When I hear this I think of my mom. She babysits a lot, and when she is putting a sweet baby to sleep she is singing to them. She really likes to sing 'Jesus loves you" and 'I love you'. It is so sweet. She does this not only so they can fall asleep but also to remind them of her love for them. I image that is what this verse is referring to; God singing his love over us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord . -Romans 8:35-39
We need to remember that nothing can separate us from the love God has for us. Yes, sin can separate us from the Holy Father, but he already knew that you were going to sin. Nobody is perfect. He knew David was going to sin, but He still loved him and offered him forgiveness. We are no different, He still loves us. even though our pasts may be bleak, or sin-stained. Remember nothing can separate you from His love.
But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. – Deuteronomy 7:8-9
This verse reminds us of 2 different things. First, when God makes us a promise he will come through on it, even if it isn't in our timing. Second, God loves us so much he doesn't want to see us in bondage so he comes to free us. He frees us like he freed the Israelites from Egypt. It may not come with great miracles, but it could. The thing to remember here is that we need to rest in our faith and we need to know that God will bring us our freedom in his own timing. So if it hasn't happened yet, pray and stay faithful.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; - Jude 1:20-22
Yes, God works in his own timing, we should encourage those around us who doubt. We should also do what we can to remember that God loves us. We can do that by praying for faith and strength; studying the scriptures, and spending time with fellow believers building each other up, and accepting encouragement.
This post, by Ona, originally appeared on Grace 4 Me & U on June 13, 2016