It’s the title of the book, the purpose behind its writing, and the reason I need it. Because He Loves Me by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick was written because we don’t understand . . . because we underestimate . . . because we forget.
I know that Jesus loves me. I’ve been singing about it since before I could talk, if that’s possible. I know the words and the stories, but I struggle with knowing the truth. In many ways, it’s easy to talk about the love of God, and even to tell others about it, but it’s hard to fully wrap our minds around it. It’s hard to grasp it, and until we do, we have no idea what we’re missing.
That’s where I was. Well, it’s actually where I still am, but at least I know it now. I think I still don’t fully “get” what it means to be loved by God. I have a hard time accepting that God would love a failure like me. But I realize that the more I begin to understand the ugliness of my sinful heart, the more I understand the greatness of the grace and love of God.
Because He Loves Me is no lightweight book. It is deeply theological, while being immensely encouraging. It seemed like there was something profound on every single page. I like to read with a red pencil in my hand, and I underlined so much, I might need to buy stock in a pencil company. Seriously.
One of the things that really spoke to my heart and is slowly changing my thinking, was her point that God doesn’t love me because of me, but because of Jesus. She says . . .
When I look through all the closets of my soul and all I find is lovelessness, I know that I don’t have any claim to God’s love on my own. The only truth that can assuage is this: I know that God loves his Son . . . I must continue to tell myself and believe that he loves me because of him. My only other option is to say that he doesn’t love his Son at all . . . Will God ever push us away or keep us at arm’s length? Would he push his Son away? Will God ever fail to hear our prayer? Does he hear his Son’s? Is he disgusted with us and disappointed that he ever adopted us? Does Jesus disgust and disappoint him?” (Because He Loves Me, p. 73-74)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t doubt God the Father’s love for Jesus. I feel certain that the Father loves the Son completely. And because I am clothed with the righteousness of Christ, He loves me in exactly the same way He loves Jesus. Let that sink in . . . it may take a lifetime.
I need the gospel. Every single day I need to preach the gospel to my own struggling heart. And I will always need to understand it better, to appreciated it more. Because He Loves Me opened my eyes to so many truths. I think it’s one of those books I’ll go through again and again, because I can never read too much about the all-sufficient grace and never-ending love of God.
I believe that he won’t stop loving me until he stops loving his own Son.” ~Elyse M. Fitzpatrick (Because He Loves Me, p. 76)
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