Because He Loves Me
Posted on July 8, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Freedom Fighters
I have been going through some the papers left in Pastor Bill Raws files. Pastor Bill is the grandson of our founder, William Raws. He was a part of the ministry at America’s Keswick for over 60 years.
There are so many cool things I have found. Most of them are random notes with no references as to where they are from. But this one was written by Richard Dickinson who was from Intercommunity Counseling center.
Because God Loves Me …
He is slow to lose patience with me.
He takes the circumstances of my life and uses them in a constructive way for my growth.
He does not treat me as an object to be possessed and manipulated.
He has no need to impress me with how great and powerful He is, because He is God; nor does He belittle me as His child in order to show me how important He is.
He wants to see me mature and develop in His love.
He does not send down His wrath on every little mistake I make of which there are many.
He does not keep score of all my sins and then beat me over the head with them whenever He gets the chance.
He is deeply grieved when I do not walk in the ways that please Him, because He sees this as evidence that I don’t trust and love Him as I should.
He rejoices when I experience His power and strength and stand up under the pressures of life for His name’s sake.
He keeps on working patiently with me even when I feel like giving up and can’t see why He doesn’t give up on me too.
He keeps trusting me when at times I don’t even trust myself.
He never says there is not hope for me, rather He patiently works for me, loves me, and disciplines me in such a way that it is hard for me to understand the depth of His concern for me.
He never forsakes me even though my friends might.
He stands with me when I have reached the rock bottom of despair when I see the real me and compare that with His righteousness, holiness, beauty, and love. It is at this moment that I can really believe that God loves me.
Yes, the greatest gift of all is God’s, perfect love!
Isn’t that amazing? The hymn writer said: “Amazing love, how can it be? That Thou, my God, did’st die for me!” Charles Wesley
Was this helpful to you today? If so, I’d move to hear about it.
Relentlessly pursuing Christ,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: Father, when I come to you in prayer, let me come asking for your will, not mine. Let me come knowing my plans may be changed. Let me come willing to accept your answer, even if it’s not the one I’d hoped for. Amen
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. – Isaiah 1:16-17
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.