A devotional by Alexis A. Goring
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
– Psalm 136:1 (NIV)
It’s a beautiful truth that God’s love for you and me is unconditional.
This truth can set you free from the chains of perfectionism and the thoughts of never being good enough. God doesn’t love us because we are good; He loves us because He is good!
There is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there’s nothing that we can do to make Him love us less.
The song “Good and Loved” rings true to these points. Travis Greene & Steffany Gretzinger perform this song and include a bit of preaching in between their singing to really drive their points home.
They open their song by saying that God’s fingerprint is all over the story of our life. We can have confidence when we’re in a valley because God is with us in the depths (Psalm 139:8). He is our strength and our Lord. God is present with us in the chaos and the calm. We need to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). God wants us to know that He is just as present in our dark seasons when we’re feeling depressed as He is with us when we’re feeling like we’re walking on sunshine. God promises to always be by our side no matter what happens. Why? Because He is good and we are loved by Him! His grace covers our sins. His love covers our hurt. If we ever forget these Bible-based truths, all we need to do is lift our head and focus on Him. The Bible says that when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8). The proof of His Love is found in John 3:16. He is not afraid of our stories. In fact, when you allow Him to enter your life, His Glory will enter your story and change your life for the better, forever! God knows everything about you. So don’t feel like you have to hide anything from Him. He is full of eternal love for you! Will you receive His unconditional love?
This song speaks volumes for me and effectively delivers the encouragement my heart needs.
As a person who struggles with feeling like I have to earn God’s love, the message in this song “Good and Loved” reminds me that there’s nothing I can do to earn His Love; it is a free gift.
I am so grateful that God is faithful. It is such a relief to know that His Love for me and you endures forever. Nothing can separate us from His Love (Romans 8:38-39)!
So next time you feel like you’re not good enough or you wonder if anybody truly loves you, listen to this song and remember that God is Good and you are loved.
Thanks, Alexis. I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates you taking the time to share your devotions with us.
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.