These words hang imprinted on a baby picture of my middle son in his room. It is where he can see it every day. The first thing he sees in the morning and the last thing he sees at night.
These words are precious to me not because they are true about how we (his mom and dad) feel about him, although we do, but because they were spoken directly into his spirit from the Lord.
Last year our son went through a time when he struggled with knowing he was loved. He feared losing love. He seemed to think he needed to earn our love and his heavenly Father’s love.
Through a prayer, our son heard the Lord speak these words to him in his spirit, “You are already loved."
The words spoken to him were perfect. Yes, he is already loved. I showed him a picture of him as a baby and told him that we loved him before he was even born. We loved him before he ever did one thing right or before he ever did one thing wrong and that there was nothing he could do that would make us love him more or less. We loved him just because he is our son.
The same is true with your heavenly Father. I believe the Lord wants to speak these words to you today.
You are Already Loved
“And the glory which You have given Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The word has not known You, but I have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. “ John 17:22-24 (emphasis added)
The Lord loved you before the foundations of the world. Before you did one thing right, or before you did one thing wrong…He loved you. There is nothing more you can do to earn His love or for Him to love you more. And there is nothing you could ever do to lose His love. He loves you just because you are and you are His.
This is a truth I pray penetrates deep down inside our being and takes solid root anchored securely in the soil of your heart. You are already loved my dear friend.
Father, help us to know your love more and more. Lord, may we be rooted and grounded in your love. And that we would know the length, the height, the depth, and the width of your love for us. May we know we cannot earn your love nor can we lose it when we fail. Lord, help us rest in your love. In Jesus' Name, Amen.