When God Says, “I Love You”


Bible verses for when you feel unloved

When God says, “I love you”: In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at the one place in the Bible where God actually says those three precious words we all long to hear: “I love you.” (He says them, and shows them, of course, ten thousand different ways throughout Scripture, but this passage has the exact words “I love you,” in nearly every translation.) These are words God spoke to comfort the nation of Israel during a difficult time, and these words transcend time and circumstance to proclaim God’s love for us, His people, today:

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“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you…” (Isaiah 43:2–5)


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When we know how loved we are by God, it takes away our fear: fear of hurt, fear of abandonment, fear of the unknown future. It’s not that we think, “God loves me; therefore my life should be a walk in the park: no struggles, no dangers, no losses.” This scripture doesn’t say, “If you pass through fire and water, I will be with you”—it says “when.” Everyone endures struggle, danger, and loss, even the most righteous of people. Hardship is not a sign of God’s disapproval or punishment—it is an inescapable part of life in this fallen world. But Christians can walk through life confident and joyful, knowing that God will see them through, and love them through, whatever hardship may come. He will guide and protect, comfort and console. That’s how God says, “I love you.”


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A Worship Playlist When You’re Waiting


In When God Says, “Wait,” we talk about filling our minds with God’s playlist instead of the Enemy’s whispers:

So what if you have been doing all this—praying, pouring out your soul, praising through pain—but the silence on God’s end is still killing you? When we are navigating a waiting season and the journey takes unexpected detours, Satan tries to run his cruel soundtrack in our minds—God doesn’t like you; God is against you; God is not listening—but God has a soundtrack, too. Maybe it’s time to put together a new spiritual playlist. Let’s choose to fill our minds with God’s playlist: scriptures and songs that fuel our faith and protect our relationship. God is not silent, as He sometimes seems; He has already given us His Word to tell us how He feels and how He works. It’s up to us to use the Bible [and worship!] to fill in God’s half of the conversation.

When God Says, “Wait,” chapter 5: When Prayer Becomes a Battleground

            Music and worship are powerful, God-given blessings that profoundly affect our spirituality, our emotional wellbeing, and even our theology. They can keep us connected to God even when He feels far away. Why not put together a worship playlist that ministers to you in your wait?

 

Here are eight songs on my waiting playlist. These songs have cracked open places in my heart I didn’t even know existed, given words to prayers I didn’t know how to pray. Some give me hope; some help me surrender; others help me praise God even through pain. I share them here with deepest gratitude to the writers and artists who gave them to us:

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Trust in You—Lauren Daigle

“When you don’t move the mountains

I’m needing you to move

When you don’t part the waters

I wish I could walk through…

I will trust in you”

 

Ever Be—Kalley Heiligenthal

“Your love is enduring through the winter rain

and beyond the horizon with mercy for today;

Faithful you have been and faithful you will be;

You pledge yourself to me and that’s why I sing…

Your praise will ever be on my lips”


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Good Good Father—Chris Tomlin

“‘Cause You know just what we need

before we say a word

You’re a good, good Father; it’s who you are…

And I’m loved by you; it’s who I am…”

 

Praise You in This Storm—Casting Crowns

“I was sure by now,

God, you would have reached down

and wiped our tears away,

stepped in and saved the day

But once again, I say amen,

and it’s still raining…

Though my heart is torn

I will praise you in this storm”

 

Even If—MercyMe

“I know you’re able and I know you can

Save through the fire with your mighty hand

But even if you don’t

My hope is you alone”

 

It Is Well—Kristene DiMarco

“And far be it from me

to not believe even when my eyes can’t see…

Through it all, through it all,

my eyes are on You”

 

One Thing Remains—Passion (Kristian Stanfill)

“Your love never fails, it never gives up,

it never runs out on me….

I never, ever have to be afraid”

 

I Am Yours—Lauren Daigle

“Let the waters rise

I will stand as the oceans roar

Let the earth shake beneath me

Let the mountains fall

You are God over the storm

And I am yours”

 

How about you? What’s on your waiting playlist? I’d love some to hear some new recommendations! 


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