When all else fails, God’s love remains. A group of youths in a church enjoyed poking fun at one of the older men in the congregation. Every Sunday, he could be counted on to share a long testimony about how God had been good to him during the week. When the time came for congregational singing, the elderly gentleman sang at the top of his lungs, hitting a few notes right and badly missing some of the others.
On one particular Sunday, the youths had had enough of the elderly gentleman’s antics. They thought it was all a bunch of nonsense — a show the man put on each Sunday so he could get some attention — so they confronted him about this in the parking lot after the service. “Old man, we have been watching you each service. We want to know, do you really love Jesus?”
Without batting an eye, the man answered, “I have a better answer for you.”
“And what is that?”
“Jesus loves me.” With that, the old man left his scoffers speechless.
The question of the hour is not, do we love Jesus? but, does Jesus love us? The answer to this question provides the reason for our existence. It is our motivation for living the Christian life, unashamedly serving our Savior, and rebounding from our failures. Jesus’ love is a wellspring of joy for believers who truly understand it in its essence.
Are you discouraged because there are people who don’t like you? Are you weary because you do not understand the path in which God is leading you, and you feel you are bound to continue your course without ever reaching your destination? Are you fearful because you have tried and failed? People will fail you. You will fail. Nevertheless, God’s love for you remains steadfast. Don’t worry about what others think. Just concentrate upon what God thinks about you. He has said He loves you, and that ought to settle it once and for all.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.