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A lot of people have this idea of a perpetually angry God. I once did. I struggled to accept that God would love me through my many flaws and imperfections. In fact, I wouldn’t dare think it sometimes. At some points, I concluded he must be very far from me. I couldn’t see him as the loving Father he really is. And religion only made matters worse.

But there is something the realization of God’s unfathomable love does to you. It breaks the chains of insecurity, lack of acceptance, low self esteem and other shackles that has long held you bound as his healing love courses through your veins like liquid fire, burning away the impurities self hate and not being good enough has deposited there, marring the image of who you truly are in Christ.

To some religious minds, people who talk “too much” about the absolute and indescribable love of God for man wants to remain comfortable in their sins. I laugh! So hard. Because that could not be farther from the truth. The times I have been most convicted of my own selfishness and pride were the times I experienced God’s love in practical ways and the manner He, by his Spirit that lives in me, relates with me as I live day to day! I am able to love others because of the great, marvelous love he has shown me.

God is not angry. He is not mostly disappointed. He is not mad. Yes, you have taken some wrong steps, made some bad decisions, made some mistakes, you’ve hurt yourself, hurt your loved ones. You may be feeling really guilty for things you’ve done, where you’ve been, who you were. Your life might even be in a mess right now but God is saying, I know child, I’m not shocked. I am not appalled by it. I am not waiting for the perfect moment to squeeze your life out in recompense. I’m not about to fling you out of the window as well. Don’t keep beating yourself up. I am here for you; we’re going to work through this together. Always remember I love you and you are mine.

This song by Travis Greene, featuring Steffany Gretzinger, touched me so much because I could literally hear God’s very words through the words therein. That’s the heart of a Father. Our loving Father! He is good and we are loved by him!

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Lyrics to the song:

Through your story is My fingerprint
In the valley there is confidence
In the shadow, I will be your strength
One thing’s for sure, I am your Lord
Yes, I am
I am, I am

Through the chaos, I will be your joy
When you’re finished, I have so much more
In the waiting, I’m an open door
Stand still and know, I am your Lord

They’ll be times when you’re up
And times when you’re down
I’m never too far
Just look around and you’ll find Me
I’m by your side, arms open wide
I am good, you are loved
Oh, I am good, you are loved
Oh, yes, you are loved, you are loved

What was and is, is covered
By the One who was and is
You’re covered by love
What was and is, is covered
By the One who was and is
You’re covered by love
I am good, you are loved, oh
Oh, I am good, you are loved
Yes, you are loved

They’ll be times when you’re up (Times when you’re up)
Times when you’re down (Times when you’re down)
I’m never too far
Just look around and you’ll find Me
I’m by your side, arms open wide
I am good, you are loved, oh, oh-oh
I am good, you are loved, yeah, yeah
I am good, you are loved

So no matter what comes or goes
One thing that you must know
Is that I am good, you are loved

You are loved, yes, you are
You’re still loved by me

So what was and is, is covered, yeah
By the One who was and is
You’re covered by love
What was and is, is covered
By the One who was and is
You’re covered by love

You’re covered by My love (Covered by love)
Covered by My love (Oh-oh)
Doesn’t matter you’ve done (No)
Doesn’t matter where you’ve been
Doesn’t matter who you were
You’re still covered, covered, covered
You’re still covered, covered, covered

Oh, if you forget, just lift your head
My banner over you is love
If you forget, just lift your head
My banner over you is love
If you forget, just lift your head
My banner over you is love
If you forget, just lift your head
My banner over you is love
My banner over you is love

What was and is, is covered
By the One who was and is
You’re covered by love
What was and is, is covered
By the One who was and is
You’re covered by love
I am good, you are loved
Oh, I am good, you are loved
I am good, you are loved
Yes, always remember
I am good, you are loved

The proof of my love is blood, yeah
The proof of my love is blood

It’s time to read it, it’s time to believe it
It’s love, it’s love, it’s love, it’s love, it’s love
It’s always been love, love, love, love, love, love, love
We receive Your love now, now, now
Oh, You’re not afraid of our stories (Yeah)
You turn it all to glory (Ayy)
You’re not afraid
You’re not afraid of the whole story, no
You turn it all to Your glory, yes, yeah

You’re full of love
You’re full of love
You’re full of love, yes, You are
You’re full of love
You’re full of love

We receive, we receive
We receive, we receive
We receive, we receive
We receive it now
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There’s a cloud over our head
There’s a cloud over our head
There’s a cloud over our head
Raining love, raining peace
Raining joy, raining life
We receive it now, now
We receive it now, now, now, now, now

Pour it out now
Pour it out now
Pour it out now
Pour it out now

Give us Your love
To the one who wants to commit suicide
Receive His love now
To the one who’s wrestling with their identity
Receive His love now
To the one who’s wrestling with confusion
Receive it, receive it
Receive it, receive it
Receive it, receive it
Receive it, receive it

We’ve been searching in the wrong places
But we need the love of Abba now
Right now

I am good, you are loved
I am good, you are loved
Don’t forget it
I am good, you are loved
Don’t forget
That I am good, you are loved
Oh, I am good

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DefL-oJpjo8

 

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