"God Loves Me...No Matter What?"
He Won't Leave You
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
I recently went through a month when I got really depressed. Even when I was with my friends, I felt like no one cared about me. I could barely get out of bed in the morning.
Somehow I had forgotten the truth of these verses. I needed someone to remind me, "Don't think that no one cares about you, because God does!" God still loved me, and nothing was going to change that.
God must really care for us if there isn't anything that can separate us from his love. Knowing I can always turn to him keeps me going during hard situations. He is even there when things in my life are fun and easy. He is there with me through the worst of times and the best of times.
What about You?
- How do you feel when you know you're loved?
- Think of someone you know who's hurting and needs a little love. What is one thing you can do to encourage that person this week?
- Thank God for his constant love.
God's Great Love
Other passages to read and study:
- Psalm 51:1-2
God is merciful and compassionate.
- Psalm 136
God's love is a love that lasts.
- Lamentations 3:22-23
He is ever faithful.
- Zephaniah 3:17
God delights in you.
- Matthew 9:36
He has compassion for the helpless.
- Luke 15:3-7
He is seeking the lost.
- Romans 5:8
He has sacrificial love for sinners.
- Ephesians 2:4-5
His love gives new life.
- 1 John 3:1
You are God's child.
- 1 John 4:16
God is love.
Write about each passage in a journal or notebook. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- How does this passage show that God loves you and wants the best for you?
- What are three questions you have about the passage? Write down your answers to your questions, then ask a Christian friend or your youth leader how they would answer the questions. Write their answers in your journal or notebook.
- Write a poem, a song or a prayer that expresses your feelings about the passage.
The devotions on this page were taken from The NIV Teen Devotional Bible (Zondervan). Featuring 260 devotions written by students, this Bible also offers help for personal and spiritual growth.
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