And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us.
– 1 John 4:14
The starting point of experiencing the love and grace of Jesus, is to know that you are forgiven through the blood of Jesus. Many believers live outside the experience of God’s love because they don’t see themselves as God sees them. They look at their failures and mistakes and disqualify themselves from God’s love. Really take it to heart when I tell you that your platform as a believer is that you stand perfectly righteous before God, just like Jesus (Hebrews 10:10). Don’t get stuck in your feelings of unworthiness and not feeling holy. Who are we to argue with God? If He says we are holy we should not resist Him. Getting this foundation fixed gives you an open door to experience the depths of a relationship with this wonderful God that loves you far beyond your wildest dreams.
To me Zephaniah 3 verse 17 explains the heart of Jesus for us so well. It says, “The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Saviour [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.” When Jesus looks at you His heart rejoices. He is beside you and is not condemning you in any way. He is ready to save you out of any situation you find yourself in. He is not just our Saviour that saved us once and then we have to live this life in our own strength. No! He wants to save us daily until all the effects of sin that came into the world through Adam, loses its grip on our lives.
Living in a fallen world is like being thrown out in the middle of the ocean and then you try to swim to shore. I think you will agree with me when I say that while you are out there in the ocean, you don’t need a swimming coach. You definitely need a lifesaver to come and save you. No matter how good a swimmer you are, at some point you’ll realize you need help. Jesus is our lifesaver and not our swimming coach. Jesus is not going to teach us to be better swimmers for He doesn’t expect us to save ourselves. He is our Saviour and we must simply allow Him to take us out and place us on dry ground. His heart is for us to experience perfect salvation in every area of our lives. He wants us to have His peace, His joy, prosperity, healing, supernatural provision, and life today. His desire for every human being is salvation in their spirit, soul and body. He loves us so much that He wants us to live in shalom peace, meaning a life where there is nothing missing and nothing broken.
To know that He loves us and to actually believe it, are two different things. The scripture says in 1 John 4 verse 14, “We know and believe the love that God cherishes for us.” That is why you need to hear this wonderful good news of God’s love and heart for you, until you believe it with all your heart. That moment you believe it, will be the moment you also experience it.