Cloud-shaped heart

You matter to God.

You’re His child, and you’re on His mind constantly.

He’s concerned about you. His heart breaks for whatever struggles you’re going through. He knows your pain intimately and personally.

He’s witnessed your every deed and hears your every thought, and if we’re truthful, we’ll admit there have been some terrible ones, yet He loves us and cares for us despite our faults, failures, and shortcomings.

Because you matter to God.

Jesus took on our sins. He took on our failings, wicked thoughts, lies, cheating, stealing, jealousy, hatred, lust, adultery, and murder (in our thoughts and actions). He brought them all to the cross, so we could be washed clean by His blood.

Because He loves us.

“I will never leave you nor forsake you,” God promises in Joshua 1:5.

When there was an earthquake and the chains fell off Paul and Silas in prison, the jailer awoke and thought everyone had escaped. He drew his sword and was about to kill himself instead of facing his failure, but Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself. We’re still here.” God cared about the jailer who’d locked up Paul—the man God had orchestrated to write over half of the New Testament. If a miracle like chains falling off presented itself, the first thing most people would do is flee. I would have hightailed it out of there, but Paul and Silas stayed and risked being placed back in chains to offer a jailer a chance at eternal life because he mattered to God (Acts 16:25-30).

Matthew 10:29 says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Jesus went out of his way to travel through Samaria. He had an important meeting with a woman at a well, except she didn’t know it yet. She drew water during the heat of the day and after the other women had returned to the village so she could escape their judgmental looks and snide remarks. We don’t know why she’d moved from husband to husband, but Jesus mentions she’s had five. She’d shouldered the shame of being rejected as a wife and loose morals for many years. Jesus traveled out of his way into lands where Jews wouldn’t traverse, because this Samaritan woman mattered to Him. He asked her for a drink of water, but His true mission was to offer her living water (John 4:4-26).

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1

You are God’s child and He rejoices over you. You may have struggles, but they are a reminder to lean on God and not your own understanding.

Because your life matters to God.

I will repeat it one more time to let the truth sink into your soul.

You are His child. His beloved.

You matter to God.

Heart-shaped cherry tree in bloom

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