Jesus Loves You

Joy Petroelje

Read: Romans 8

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (vv. 38-39)

For many raised in the Christian faith, Warner and Bradbury’s “Jesus Loves Me” was a childhood favorite.

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

The simplicity of the words is easy for young minds to grasp, and there is a comfort in knowing that Jesus is strong for those who belong to him. Adults, unfortunately, often look past the promise of Jesus’ love. We get concerned about the “what ifs” of life that leave us feeling stressed and fearful. What if something terrible happens tomorrow? What if someone I love gets sick? What if I die?

It’s a good thing God knew the hard questions we would ask so he could answer them in the Bible. Read Romans 8 again. Give thanks for the gift of the Spirit. Rejoice in your standing as an heir with Christ. Give God all your “what ifs.” Rely on his strength in your times of weakness. Joyfully anticipate the glory of heaven.

Jesus loves you; the Bible tells you so.—Joy Petroelje

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for loving me!