Marked By Love

Did you know that you have been marked?  If you believe in Jesus, then what’s true about you now is that your life has been marked by God.  In what way?  He has marked you with His love!  He wants you to see yourself that way.  Don’t go on in life seeing yourself as one who is forgotten or unloved.  Instead, see what’s real.  You are a person who is marked by the Father’s love!  It is important to note that the Bible reveals God’s love to us, not as a philosophical thought, but as a life transforming force.  This love has been released towards us in a powerful way, it has redefined us and it has accomplished great things in our lives.  This amazing love, when it came to us, carried with it dynamic power to forever affect who we are and what we would become.  It truly is a living force that distinguishes our lives!

Jesus was marked by this love.  In Matthew 3:17, God called Jesus His “beloved Son”.  The Message paraphrase says it this way,

“This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

Stop for just a moment and think of the way that the Father loves Jesus.  What a perfect picture!  My friend, that is the way that the Father loves you.  The truth is, you have not received a lesser kind of love.  No, you have been marked by the very same love.  Look at what Jesus said to the Father in John 17:23, “I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.”  In Romans 1:7, you and I who are believers in Jesus are called the “beloved of God”.  I want to encourage you to see yourself this way more than ever before.  See yourself, right now in this moment, as a person greatly loved by the One who created the universe.  Allow it to affect you.  Seeing the love He has for you dispels fear and anxiety and it causes confidence, peace and hope to rise in your heart.

I can remember when my wife, Melissa, and I first started dating nearly 17 years ago.  I will never forget the first time she said to me those three amazing words, “I love you”.  To say the least, it affected me in a powerful way (and hasn’t stopped!).  Why?  Because I discovered that day how she really felt about me.  At that moment, I became aware of what was in her heart.  Infinitely beyond that picture, hear what your Heavenly Father is saying to you today.  By His Word and by His Spirit, He is saying, “I LOVE YOU”.  This is what is truly in His heart!  This is His disposition towards you!  He wants you to know it.  He wants you to believe it.  He wants you to allow it to affect you.  He wants you to live in the conscious reality of it.  If you will, I promise you that your life will never be the same!  You will live as one who has been changed… as one who has been marked by love.