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LIFE AFTER HIGHSCHOOLGOD'S ADVICE FOR GRADS
TH1NK BooksCopyright © 2005 The Navigators
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Chapter OneKNOWING GOD
With all the people in the world, how do I know God really loves me?
Have you ever seen the birth of a human baby? The mother usually arrives at the hospital filled with feelings of excitement and anticipation. As the minutes turn into hours, however, tension and unspoken worries arise: Is everything proceeding normally? Is my baby going to be okay? You watch pain contort her face during the contractions and wonder why anyone would ever want to go through this. But then comes the moment all have been waiting for. You can see it in Mom's eyes the moment she locks onto that precious newborn-an unmistakable combination of joy, relief, and love.
God's love for each of us-for you-is something like that. In fact, even more so. After all, He created and "birthed" you, with your unique characteristics, talents, and gifts specifically in mind. He knows you better than you know yourself, right down to the number of hairs on your head (see Matthew 10:30). He's waiting for you to discover the plans He has for you. He chose you. Most incredible of all, He sacrificed His own Son so that you could live forever with Him. That's love!
John wrote, "Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God" (1 John 4:15-16). Even with six billion people in the world, God's love is big enough to cover each of us individually. He is love (see 1 John 4:16), and He's ready to overwhelm you with that love if you'll only open up your arms-and your heart.
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. 1 JOHN 4:9
You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; you know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. PSALM 139:15
You are the ones chosen by God. 1 PETER 2:9
"If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn't he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn't he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. MATTHEW 18:12-14
First we were loved, now we love. [God] loved us first. 1 JOHN 4:19
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture.... None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. ROMANS 8:35-37
* Do you ever doubt God's love for you as an individual? Why?
* Do you believe you could ever make God not love you?
* What does it mean to be "chosen" by God?
* How would your life change if you were fully aware of God's love for you on a moment-by-moment basis?
Lord, I do believe that You love each of Your creations-even me. Help me to see and truly understand that nothing can stand in the way of Your love. Thank You for allowing Your Son, Jesus, to give up His life for me. Enable me to open up my heart and soul so that I can experience Your amazing love every moment of every day. I love you! Amen.
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