I have frequently thought to myself that if God fully knows me, then there is no way that He could fully love me. My sin is too ugly, I’ve been too broken, and I’ve wondered too far. The reality is, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Bible tells me so. One of the many beautiful things about the Gospel is that we are both fully known by God and fully loved by God. That’s true beauty.
Psalm 139 beautifully (and creepily) describes how well God knows us. Can we agree that it’s kind of creepy? If we were talking about anyone other than God having that kind of knowledge about us, we would be concerned. And because God does know us so well, we struggle to see how He could possibly love us so much. Why? Because we wrongfully attach God’s love for us to what we’ve done rather than what Jesus has done on our behalf. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says this, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Alive Through Jesus
We spend an inordinate amount of time dwelling on our mistakes and not nearly enough time dwelling on the power of the cross. We can’t give sin the power that was crucified with Christ. Romans 6:6 tells us we are no longer slaves to sin, and Romans 6:10-11 goes on to say that Jesus died to sin once and for all. We can consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God through the power of Jesus!
“But God demonstrated his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8
Do you see the beauty in that? Even though we were sinners, God still loved us, so much in fact that He sent His Son to die for us. He broke the chains of darkness and rolled the stone away, all so that we could run to meet Him outside of the tomb. God’s love for you does not vacillate but instead is steadfast and unwavering. There is nothing in your life-no sin you have committed that scares Him. Jesus’s power doesn’t stop where your sin starts, His love for you runs deeper than your sin ever could.
There is no greater comfort than knowing that God knows you better than anyone else ever will, yet He still loves you more than anyone ever could. You can rest in this fact: While God fully knows you, God also fully loves you. Nothing can separate you from His love.
This was a guest post written by Luke Lezon