Did you know you are loved by God? Have you accepted God’s love as part of your identity? Somedays, I can confidently say yes, while other days I struggle with accepting God’s love and living as the child of God that I am.
But with God’s guidance, He has shown me 5 ways to accept His love in my life and my heart. Because even though I know being loved by God is part of my identity, fully understanding God’s love is crucial to making his love part of who I am.
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You are Loved by God
The world is quick to burden us with impossible expectations and standards. Every commercial on TV tells you what you need to buy to be more cool, more accepted, and more loved.
While scrolling on social media, you’ll see the same–images and posts reminding you of what you don’t have and how you lacking something means that you are not enough.
It’s easy to get caught up in what the world tells us. So much so that I have searched for love and acceptance in all the wrong places–accomplishments at work, praise from supervisors, approval from friends and family, and even working my way into God’s love.
When all those things turned up empty, I was still hopeless and searching. By digging deep into Scripture and spending time with God in prayer, I realized I needed to stop striving for God’s love. In fact, because I was striving for God’s love, I knew I wasn’t fully understanding God’s love either.
What does it mean to be loved by God?
Because of what Jesus did on the cross to forgive your sins, you have assurance that you are loved by God. First, because Christ died so you could spend eternity with him. And second, because through Christ, God has graciously bestowed his love on you. Understanding God’s love means understanding who God is and the story of the gospel.
Once we know and understand the truth of God’s love, then we must believe it—put our faith and trust in it—so it can guide us in our decisions, thoughts, and actions.
In other words, knowing you are loved by God isn’t enough to change how you live your life. You have to take things a step further and accept God’s love for you. This brings us to our next section on 5 ways to accept God’s love.
1. Rely on Scripture to Accept God’s Love
In the busyness and hurriedness of life, truth often gets lost while the lies of the devil keep circulating. So, when it comes to understanding God’s love, Scripture is the first stop.
Scripture is packed with bible verses about God’s love and shows us how God loves us. It reminds us of God’s truth and can be used as a weapon against the lies of the devil.
If we are discouraged, the Word of God encourages us. If we are weak, Scripture gives us strength. When we are weary, God comforts us through the Bible.
Once you find yourself striving for God’s love, Scripture will remind you this is not the life God has destined for His children.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30
Scripture warns us that “earning God’s love” is not truth. It is a lie that the devil tells us to distance us from God and turn our joy into sorrow.
Instead, Scripture prompts us to accept God’s love as the free, merciful gift that it is and carry in our hearts the truth of God’s love for us.
2. Accepting God’s Love with Prayer
After reminding myself of the truth of God’s word, I turn to prayer to help me in accepting God’s love. It is a blessing that we have direct access to a Holy God. At any moment and in any place, we can pray to our Heavenly Father and know with confidence that He hears us.
When I’m stressed out in my effort to earn God’s love, my prayers are usually frazzled. But as I speak to God and tell him honestly how I am feeling, I am slowly filled with His peace and comfort. I picture Jesus interceding for me to God and remember that my sins are covered by the gospel.
Being loved by God gives you confidence to speak to your Heavenly Father. Above all, He knows your heart and knows that you belong to Him.
Related: 7 Genuine Ways to Connect to God
3. Accepting God’s Love through Grace
Grace has been a game changer for me when it comes to understanding God’s love. It’s also been something I’ve had to work at accepting over the past year.
The definition of grace is getting what we don’t deserve. We can’t earn salvation because we are sinners (Romans 3:23), and sin separates us from God, just as it separated Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Sometimes, we attempt to “make up” for sin with good deeds. But this is not Biblical. It is something invented by man to give us a sense of control when it comes to salvation.
In the context of our relationship with God, grace is the free, unearned gift of salvation that God has bestowed on us (one of many gifts we don’t deserve). By truly understanding God’s love, we quickly learn that our salvation is not based on works, but grace (Ephesians 2:1-10).
Grace is fundamental to our identities in Christ, and it’s overflowing. God’s grace is an outpouring of his love for us.
4. Accepting God’s Love with Quietness
The fourth way I remind myself of God’s love for me is in quietness and stillness. Quietness looks different for everyone, but here are some ways I work silence and solitude into my life.
- Recently, I’ve been setting aside time early in the morning to focus on God’s Word before I open my laptop. This allows me to start off my day by thinking about God’s love and my identity in Him.
- Sometimes, I start my day with a gratitude list to begin my daily reflection. Then, I’ll close the day by reading a Psalm or Proverb.
- Other days, I will go on a walk around the block and listen to nature instead of music. In the whisper of the wind and the beauty of the fauna around me, I feel God’s love. I feel God’s love through gratitude, admiration, the truth of Scripture, prayer, and spending time with Him.
- Lately, in addition to devotional time and stillness, I’ve been using Christian meditation to receive God’s love. While I felt silly the first time I did a Christian mediation, what a difference it made!
The podcaster I listen to for Christian meditation talks about how God’s love is meant to be received and experienced. His love is not just something that we read about in the Bible and that we know in our mind. It is something that God has given to us. How can you know and understand God’s love without taking time to experience his love?
How to take a moment to receive God’s love in meditation: Still your heart and mind, turn toward the Lord, and repeat a scripture about God’s love in your mind. Ask God to pour his love out on you and sit quietly while you receive it.
God speaks His love to us. We just have to be quiet enough to hear it.
5. Let God Take Control
Learning to accept God’s love has been a process for me. My persistent struggle with accepting God’s love comes from trying to be in control and use that control as a comfort.
For example, when things in my life feel out of control, I respond with these strict schedules and plans to “get everything together.” But sooner rather than later, my schedule falls apart and so do I. The last time it happened, I found this Bible verse:
“‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.’”
I realized that deep down in my heart, I was doing “good deeds” to show God how much I deserved his love instead of accepting God’s love. I was showing him that I could make things right, hoping that would give me assurance that I was loved by God.
But by trying to be in control, I had missed God’s love in the midst of my schedule and my plans.
How do you know you are loved by God?
Jesus did not come to give us more rules and regulations. He came to give us grace–that which we do not deserve and that which we can’t earn.
John 10:10 reminded me that I was striving to have “life,” but Jesus came to give me “life in abundance.” He came to give me so much more than I could imagine.
I’d gotten in the way of that with my own expectations and standards. I’d tried to earn God’s love and accomplish His purposes within my own means instead of accepting God’s love and seeking Him above all.
So, the last way I accept God’s love is by letting go of control and accepting that God is in control.
5 Items to Remember You are Loved by God
Understanding and accepting God’s love is a process. Sometimes it’s a process we struggle through daily, and rarely is it something we work out in one conversation with God. In the ongoing journey, here are 5 items to remind us to receive God’s love.
2. Waking Up to Grace – Devotional Gift Book by Jennifer Gerelds
The subtitle of Waking Up to Grace sums up the book perfectly: “90 ways to start your day knowing you are loved.” And knowing you are loved is one of the ways we start accepting God’s love, too.
3. Artisan Ceramic Mugs
These three artisan mugs have simple, but powerful messages rooted in the truth that we are loved by God. With Scripture reminders on some mugs or a necklace gift set, these mugs turn something you use every day into a strong reminder to be accepting God’s love daily.
4. Scripture Art / Inspirational Art
Another way to remind us of God’s love is with scripture art or decor with messages of God’s love. For example, in just three words, this John 3:16 – Love Decor points us back to God’s overwhelming grace and love for us.
This interactive devotional Beautifully Broken helps us see God’s love despite and in the midst of the brokenness and heartache we’ve all experienced. Understand how God loves you and his desire to heal and see you live joyfully.
Understanding God’s Love
As you grow in your relationship with God, you will become more assured and confident in His love for you. You will understand that His grace toward you is unearned and His love is abundant. And if you forget, these scriptures about God’s love for us will keep you standing firm in faith.
And when your relationship with Jesus grows, your heart naturally points toward Him. You will want to honor him with your mind, your actions, and your words. Not out of duty and obligation, but out of love, gratitude, and appreciation for what he’s done for you. Then you’ll truly understand you are loved by God and be able to accept God’s love for you.
For you, what does it mean to be created and loved by God?
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Check out More Posts about Growing in Faith:
- 17 Joyful Scriptures about God’s Love for Us
- 5 Truths to Remind Yourself God Has Not Forgotten You
- 7 Ways to Connect with God (Again)
- 10 Practical Ways: How to Show God’s Love to Others
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