DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: You’re always telling people that God loves them, but if that’s true, then why is my life such a mess? No matter what I do, it never works out. Maybe God loves some people, but I don’t think he loves me. — V.L.
DEAR V.L.: I want you to imagine something for a moment: Imagine that one day Jesus comes to your house and sits down and looks you in the eye. What do you think he’d say to you? Do you think he’d tell you he didn’t love you? Do you think that he’d say that you’re worthless and tha the doesn’t care what happens to you?
No, of course not — and if you happened to glance at his hands, you’d know why. Those hands would be badly scarred — and then you’d remember that almost 2,000 years ago this same Jesus was nailed to the cross for you. And that’s how we know God loves us — not because he takes away all our problems, but because he sent his son into the world to die for our sins. The Bible says, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
Of course, Jesus doesn’t come into our homes and sit down with us now, but he is still with us by his spirit, and he still speaks to us through his word, the Bible. And from one end of the Bible to the other he says, “I love you.” If he didn’t love us, he never would have gone to the cross for us. But he did!
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Don’t let anger, or pride, or anything else keep you from Christ. Give your life to him, and then seek out other believers who can encourage you and help you deal with your problems.
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