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There is a God and Church that loves you

God designed an incredible support structure -- the church, an assembly of great people.

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WORTHINGTON — This past Monday was Valentine’s Day. This day comes once a year and is a day that is designed to celebrate love toward someone else around us. Many choose to celebrate this day by going out with their spouse or someone they love. They may go out for a special meal and exchange a card or a gift. Others think the day is commercialized and may not do anything special. Some may just stay at home and spend the time with the ones they love.

No matter how you personally feel about this particular special day on the calendar, there is a principle behind it that we all desire in our lives. We all have a God-given human desire to feel loved and wanted.

For many, this is not something we are willing to admit, and may not even feel comfortable to express at times. Especially for us men, we don’t want to admit this is a need that is built within us.Why? Well of course, because we are strong, resilient and often show little emotion. What all of us need is to take some time and realize the Lord has given us a gift; a gift to be able to receive love from others and a gift to show love to others.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 86:15, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

The Lord is ever so gracious to us and shows his love to us continually, or unconditionally. He is faithful, to stick with us regardless of our past or present.

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During the last two years it has become easier than ever to become isolated and feel like we are on our own. Due to new work-at-home schedules, online worship and many people attempting to go out less has created a sense of isolation.

However, when we isolate ourselves from things in life, we can easily begin to feel that we are not loved and not wanted.

After 2020 and 2021, we need to remind ourselves that this is farthest from the truth! There is a God that loves you so much and deeply cares about you.

Romans 5:88 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He gave his very own life for us.”

God knew you before you were born, just like in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”

He died for you, so you could have eternal life. Not because we are perfect, but because he loves us.

If you’ve been feeling a little down over this past holiday, be encouraged! You are known and loved. God cares so much about us as people, he actually designed an incredible support structure. He gave us the church, an assembly of great people!

Last week’s faith article reminded us to get out of our recliner and get back to church to worship. When we gather together, we not only worship God together, but we also find a place to remind us that we are loved. There is a church of people that love you and are there for you.

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Today I hope you are reminded of the love the Lord and the church has for you and your family! You may not be perfect, but you are loved!

I challenge you to look around you and see the love that surrounds you. If you’re feeling alone, let Jesus know, he will surround you with love. Let God shower you with his unconditional love.

Ryan Enderson is pastor of Abundant Life, 627 Clary St., Worthington.

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