Most Up-Lifting Verses: Nobody Loves Me

by Michael Smith

Most Up-Lifting Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible. In this post, I’ll cover an idea or concept.

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Nobody Loves Me
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I have mentioned before that I have a bunch of verses on my cubical wall. Someone, I don’t member who, sent the list to me in an email several years ago and they have been a “God send”.  The list is broken into three columns “You Say” (the issue), “God Says” (the solution) and “Bible Verses” (the proof). After reading Dan Durham’s Facebook post (http://www.facebook.com/dan.durham.315/posts/4977131472168) on the approaching holidays and the lonely ones around us, I looked at my list to see if there was anything in that category and this jumped out at me: “You Say: ‘Nobody Loves Me’ God Says: ‘I Love You’” and lists John 3:16.

I think that there are a lot of other verses that should go with John 3:16 so I’ll add these:

1 John 3:16
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
Jesus loves us so much that he died willingly to save us from our sins. We as Christians should likewise be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren in Christ. Just knowing that there is this large group of people that love each other (and me) that much warms my heart and inspires me.
--LOVE

Matthew 10:29-31
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
The sparrow is about as worthless as a creature can be to a human in the age of Christ. Their song is not especially pretty and they have so little meat on them that they are hardly worth more than the time it takes to eat them. Yet, God knows if one dies and God takes the time to know the hairs on (or used to be on) our head. And remember, God made us in his image; therefore, we are worth MORE than a BUNCH of sparrows.
--LOVE

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
While we all may not be “prophet(s) to the nations” as Jeremiah was, God knows us in the womb, before we are born. We live in a society that counts an unborn baby nothing but a mass of tissue but God takes the time to not just know us but he has a place for us in his plan.
-- MORE LOVE

I’ll wrap it up with John 3:16
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
This verse has been parsed by scholars far smarter and wiser than me so I’ll just say this. I could easily give my life to save my child but to let my child die to save someone else …makes my brain freeze up. I can’t even begin to imagine allowing that to happen. There just are not words to express what just the idea alone does to me but God let his son DIE for us. …not only LET him die but planed for him to die to save us from our own sins. Let me restate that: God planed for his son (his ONLY son) to die so that weak little sinful humans can live forever (if only we will except).
--WOW! THAT IS LOVE!

God does love us VERY much, so does his son Jesus and we are to imitate that love with each other.

To the lonely this holiday season, I’ll say God loves you and he has a plan for you. There is a whole building full of people that love you too. Join them every chance you get.

To the rest of us, I’ll say don’t forget to show your love to the lonely ones this holiday season, especially, the ones who are stuck at home, in a nursing home or just too afraid to join us. The holiday season is about being thankful and showing love. …now get out there and love.