I am sure at one time you either played this game or saw someone else play it. The game I am talking about is that you pick a flower and as you pull a petal off the flower you say, ‘He loves me’ then as you pull the next petal off you say, He loves me not.’ The object of the game is that whatever phrase you end up saying when you pull the last petal off, supposedly represents the truth of the object of the affection of the person you are thinking of as you pull each petal off. ‘He loves me, He loves me not’ is a very silly game when you think about it, but I can say I’ve seen people who have sadly ended up with wounded hearts if when they pull the last petal of the flower off they hear themselves saying, He loves me not.
Wanting to be or feel loved by someone special is not a game but a very real desire for many. Yet, just because we want to feel or be loved by someone special doesn’t always mean that will be the case. In fact, often it isn’t the case. Just because we love someone doesn’t mean they will love us back in the same way.
We’ve all experienced the heartbreak in life when the person we loved at the time either didn’t love us or worse, they didn’t even acknowledge our existence. Not feeling loved is not a good thing to experience for anyone. There are many people today who are sadly walking around in life not feeling loved. To make matters worse, many of those people are ‘born again Christians; followers of Jesus Christ.
Jesus says in John 15:9 “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you, Now remain in My love.” There isn’t anyone who can show me a place in the Bible where we read the Father stopped loving His Son. So if that is the case, why is it so many Christians today buy into the lie from the enemy that the Lord either ‘stopped’ loving them or He ‘never’ loved them in the first place.
1 John 4:10 “This is love: ‘not’ that ‘we’ loved God, but that ‘He’ loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” In fact, the Lord loved us even when we were in the worst state of our life and didn’t care about anyone else than ourselves. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His ‘own love’ for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for our sins.”
Hear me my brother and sister: not everyone is going to love us no matter how much we would want that to happen or how hard we try. In fact, there will be those who will want to cause us much harm. Yet, we have One who not only loves us, but His love is unfailing and abounding. Psalm 130:7 “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with Him is full redemption.” Psalm 33:18 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” Psalm 86:5 “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call on You.”
I could continue to give you Scripture after Scripture which confirms the Lord loves you and has never nor ever will stop loving you but it must be more than just head knowledge for you and me. It must become a truth that is hidden in the deep corners of our heart and mind. A truth we can spout off to the enemy the next time he tries to convince us otherwise.
‘He loves me, he loves me not’ is just a silly game with no truth to back it up, though many continue to play it and believe in the results of that silly game. For Christians, the game should go like this, ‘He loves me, He loves, He loves me’ with each petal we pull off the flower and with no end in sight. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and the enemy has somehow planted the lie in your heart that the Lord doesn’t love you, you know what you can tell him to do and where to go!! (Sorry, I forgot, that is where he is going to end up)
If you never experienced the unfailing love of the Lord in your life, all you need to do my friend is call out to the Lord and believe me, He will reveal Himself to you in a way you never thought would happen. Here’s my final thought: the Lord says He loves you and me with an unfailing, abounding love and no petal on a flower, no person or circumstance will ever be able to change that truth!!!
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