You are loved, just as you are

You are loved just as you are - blog post by the faith notebook

To anyone who feels worthless, hopeless, or a little down today or any day… To anyone who doesn’t like something about their body or personality or mind or soul… To anyone who thinks they are unlovable or not worthy of anyone’s love or affection…

Yes, you have imperfections and flaws. And yes, you make mistakes. There may be something, or many things, you want to change about yourself. But you are not alone.

Even the most seemingly put-together people might have messy homes or broken hearts. Some of those people that seem the most confident have their share of insecurities. Sometimes, the people who seem the happiest are the saddest on the inside.

Nobody is perfect. And that’s okay — God tells us not to be anxious or worried about anything (Phil 4:6–7), so we don’t need to worry about being perfect at all. We don’t need to worry about reaching some standard of perfection society has made up or worry about ‘keeping up with the Joneses’. We can rest easy knowing that we don’t need to be perfect because we have a loving God who is (Psalm 18:30).

God loves you now and always, just are you are. God, our Lord and Saviour, who IS love (1 John 4:8), loves you — with all your flaws and imperfections, all your mistakes and regrets, with your busy, complicated, chaotic life.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve cleaned up your act or got your ‘stuff’ together. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve climbed the corporate ladder or become famous. It doesn’t matter whether you lost weight or got abs. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve gotten married, had kids, or bought a house. It doesn’t matter how many social media followers you have or don’t have.

God loves you, the real, unfiltered you. God looks straight into your heart (1 Samuel 16:7; Jeremiah 17:10) whether it’s whole, broken or weary. He knows your joys and your struggles, your achievements and your failures. He knows your good works and all your sins. And because God is a good and perfect God, He loves you no matter what.

God died for you, just as you are (Romans 5:8). There is no greater love than that (John 15:13). And nothing — no failures, no mistakes, no shortcomings, will take this away (Romans 8:38–39).

It might seem a bit hard to believe or too good to be true. Or maybe you’re so tangled up in your thoughts of self-doubt it feels like you’re the exception to the rule. But try to think about it like this.

God, the creator of the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1), created you. You are not a mistake, an accident, or a random evolution of a randomly existing universe, destined to rot back to nothing when you die. God made you and His works are wonderful (Psalm 139:14).

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past, all that matters is now: because in Christ you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and in Christ you are complete (Colossians 2:10).

You are here on purpose, with a purpose — to let your light shine before others and bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16; Isaiah 43:7), through the wonderful, unique life on earth He’s given you and the eternal life He’s gifted you… all because of His great love for you (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Eph 2:4–5).

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