FREE Devotion: Loved by God (Fresh Hope for Today)

Loved

By Grace Fox

God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

ROMANS 5:8 NLT

Pause

Denyse had experienced a lot of pain in her life. Poor personal choices heaped heartache on her, and others’ choices added more. Her siblings labeled her a drama queen, and coworkers excluded her from lunchroom conversations. Hers was a lonely existence, and she felt she deserved it.

Denyse could scarcely believe it when a friend told her that Jesus loved her. She’d always assumed he wouldn’t want to associate with someone who didn’t have her act together, so she’d never explored teachings about him. Learning that he came to earth to bring hope and to help her flourish changed her mind (John 3:17).

Jesus loves us because of who he is—the sinless son of God who came to earth for sinners’ sake. He never rejects us because we carry hurts. In fact, he does the opposite: he invites us to bring him our doubts, failures, disappointments, and imperfections, so he can heal us. He doesn’t expect us to have our act together before he accepts us. He accepts us, and then he helps us get our act together.

Ponder

What hurts would you like to bring to Jesus?

Pray

God, I come to you just as I am. Thank you for loving me in this state.

Get Encouraged

“If we comprehend what Christ has done for us, then surely out of gratitude we will strive to live ‘worthy’ of such great love. We will strive for holiness not to make God love us but because God already does.”

PHILIP YANCEY, Grace Notes: Daily Readings with a Fellow Pilgrim

Did you enjoy today’s free devotion by Grace Fox? If so, it’s from her new devotional Fresh Hope for Today that’s packed with hope, inspirational verses and quotes, actionable prayers, and much more!

Fresh Hope for Today

Sometimes the road we travel feels lonely or too steep. Often, it winds through dark valleys, follows unfamiliar ways, and leaves us weary from the inside out. With warmth and wisdom, Grace Fox offers you ninety daily devotions to refresh your soul and lead you to a place of joy on the journey. Read and reflect on these gems; let their truth remind you of God’s presence and care. You don’t walk alone, my friend. Each day’s devotion offers a key Bible verse, insights on which to pause, an application question to ponder, and a sentence prayer. You’ll also find an encouraging quote from others who walked a difficult journey but discovered joy along the way.

Readers of these devotions are facing difficult circumstances and need spiritual encouragement in bite-sized pieces. Their greatest need is hope. They need reassurance that God’s love will never let them go. His presence will never leave them, and his strength will carry them through. Fresh Hope for Today addresses these needs as follows: Its overall message directs their minds to God’s character and promises. These bite-size bits of truth will feed their souls and give them the strength and encouragement needed for that day. Devotions are short enough to read and keep their focus even when their minds are on overload. All segments work together to make it easy for readers to recall truth. Relevant quotes reinforce the day’s teaching.

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