True Love Challenge: Jesus & You

Welcome to the final day of the True Love Challenge! Get ready to dig into Ephesians 2 and 1 John 4 with Betsy Gómez, the Joven Verdadera and Mujer Verdadera blog manager. Grab a pen and your journal, and pray that God will make His jaw-dropping love for you so very real! —Samantha, Lies Young Women Believe Blog Content Manager

Yes, Jesus loves me,

The Bible tells me so!

Are those familiar words to you? Since I was a child, I sang that song in Sunday school and vacation Bible school. It was easy to sing that Jesus loved me, but it wasn’t so easy to understand His love when I stumbled over the same sin again and again.

I said I believed the truth about His love for me, but at the bottom of my heart, I really didn’t.

I tried to understand His love by looking in the mirror—but I couldn’t find a reason why He would stop to notice me. There were days when I tried to win His love, and I thought I was winning it until I hit the reality of sin again and again. When I looked at myself, I only found reasons why I was not worthy of His love. It wasn’t until I started looking in the right place that I could discover the truth of the love that surpasses all understanding.

I sang, “Yes, Jesus loves me,” but I didn’t stop to think about the next phrase: The Bible tells me so. The Bible is God’s Word to us, and it’s the only place we run to if we want to know the Truth. So, let’s look at some of the biblical passages that will help us understand how God has manifested His love to us through Jesus.

Go get your Bible, meditate on the verses below, and answer the questions that follow. Ready?

Open to Ephesians 2:4–9.

  • What was our condition before being reached by the love of God?
  • If we were dead in our sins, what could we do to deserve the love of God?
  • What do these verses tell us about God’s character?
  • Who took the initiative to love in our relationship with Jesus?
  • What benefits did God’s love give us?
  • According to verse 7, what was the purpose of His love for us?
  • According to verse 8, what does it mean that we have been saved by grace? What made it possible for us to receive such great love?

Now turn to 1 John 4:7–21.

  • According to verses 7–8, what does true love consist of?
  • How has the love of God been manifested for us? (Look at verses 9–10.)
  • Verse 11 tells us that God sent His Son as a propitiation for our sins. This means that Christ appeased the wrath of God that was upon us by His sacrifice on the cross. Have you thought about the incredible reality that God is not angry with you if you are in Christ? What an incredible act of love for us! Take a moment to thank and praise God for the freedom to enjoy His love instead of receiving His wrath.
  • What is the evidence that we have received the love of God in Christ?
  • What is the response of a heart that has experienced the love of Christ?

We could spend hours and hours digging up riches from the treasure of the Word of God. There are so many passages that point us to the reality of Christ’s love for us (for you!); there is so much beauty to dazzle our eyes and captivate our hearts in love for our Savior.

Now, with a better understanding of what it really means to be loved by Jesus, I can sing with joy:

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Even when I was running from Him, dead in my trespasses and sins, apart from God and without hope, He loved me.

He took the punishment I deserved and freed me from the bondage of sin.

He gave me the faith to believe that His death on the cross in my place is sufficient and made it possible for me to have a relationship with God.

He has given me the power I need to walk with Him and has made His Spirit dwell within me.

By His love I was born again to a living hope reserved in heaven, and He has promised me a glorious eternity with Him.

The Bible tells me so! (See verses like John 3:16, Rom. 5:8, and Jer. 31:3.)

Taking It Deeper:

Use Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14–19 as a guide to ask God to help you grow in the understanding of His love for you, and meditate on the words of this song.

About Author

Betsy is a popular blogger and speaker with a passion to help others savor the Gospel. She manages the blogs and supervises Media for Aviva Nuestros Corazones (Revive Our Hearts Hispanic Outreach). Originally from the Dominican Republic, she now lives in North Carolina where she is (slowly) pursuing a Master’s degree in Women’s Ministries at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Most importantly, Betsy sees God’s grace in her life as His daughter and servant, as wife to Moises since 2005, and as mother to Josué and Samuel. She blogs regularly for Aviva Nuestros Corazones.

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