Jesus Likes Me, This I Know

Jesus Likes Me, This I Know

June 2, 2017

“ … He saved me to His delight; He took joy in me.” Psalm 18:19b (VOICE)

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I wasn’t expecting anything profound to slip from my 4-year-old’s lips while we chatted over lunch on that hot summer day. I was just trying to keep my capricious girl at the table long enough to finish her peanut butter sandwich before she raced off to play.

“What did you learn at Vacation Bible School today?” I asked as I leaned over Maggie’s pink plastic plate and wiped a drizzle of peanut butter from her chin.

My daughter lifted her sandwich to her lips, took a bite and peered at me over the crust like a friendly neighbor peeking across a backyard fence.

“I learned that Jesus really likes me … ” she said with a giddy grin. “Soooo much!”

Her words floated through the air on the wings of a happy-sing-song. Then she reached across the table and gave my hand a tender squeeze. “And, Mommy,” she said as she laced her sticky fingers through mine, “I think He really, really likes you, too!”

She waved her arms like a baby bird taking flight, and I felt as if my heart might take flight, too.

After all, I’ve long believed that Jesus loves me — the cross is proof of that — but some days when I look at the woman in the mirror, it’s hard to believe my Savior likes me, too.

I don’t know about you, but some days, I just feel unlikeable.

Some days I feel messed up and maxed out, exasperated and exhausted.

Some days I’m not grateful or gleeful, flexible or fun.

Some days I don’t bring delight to my husband, my kids or even my dearest pals.

And to be totally honest, some days I don’t even like myself.

Yet like a forgiving friend, the Bible echoes my little girl’s winsome words.

Scripture reminds us that the One who took our place on Calvary’s cross doesn’t merely tolerate us through gritted teeth or embrace us because of holy compulsion. As preposterous as it sounds, the One who first loved us, actually likes us, too. And here’s proof:

  • Today’s key verse says God takes joy in us.
  • Psalm 149:4 declares He delights in us.
  • Zephaniah 3:17 affirms He rejoices over us.
  • And Psalm 147:11 proclaims that we bring Him pleasure.

It’s crazy when you think about it — that the perfect Prince of Heaven takes joy in His flawed followers on the dust of earth. But when I remember this simple truth, it changes the way I pursue my Savior.

When I acknowledge that Jesus enjoys me, I look for ways to enjoy Him, too. I seek His company as I go throughout my day, whether it’s talking to Him as I drive across town or laughing with Him over my children’s goofy antics.

I notice His kindness in the depths of my daily grind — the brazen sunset over the trees in my backwoods, or the unexpected phone call from a friend on a hard day.

And I relish His presence in the midst my pandemonium. I savor the song of the birds beyond my window, the unexplainable peace in my hurry, the echo of an encouraging Scripture verse that runs through my mind.

In short, when I remember how the One who died for me also delights in me, I’m drawn to delight in Him, too.

So, I’m gonna keep singing that Sunday School song I learned as a child: Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. 

But I’m also going to celebrate that oft-ignored truth that a 4-year-old once spoke to my soaring soul through a mouthful of peanut butter.

Jesus really likes me … And you know what? I think He really really likes you, too … soooooo much.

Dear Jesus, Thank You for loving me enough to save me and liking me enough to savor me. Teach me how to delight in You, as You delight in me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 147:11, “But the Eternal does take pleasure in those who worship Him, those who invest hope in His unfailing love.” (VOICE)

Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
How might knowing that Jesus likes you change the way you approach your Savior on a daily basis? What is one way you can enjoy Jesus more today?

Prayerfully consider sharing one of the verses listed in today’s devotion with a friend who needs to know that Jesus doesn’t just love her, but He likes her, too.

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  1. I loved today’s reading!💗..Thank you Alicia for encouraging us!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for this. “Scripture reminds us that the One who took our place on Calvary’s cross doesn’t merely tolerate us through gritted teeth or embrace us because of holy compulsion.” I cannot explain how much I needed that truth spoken to me. It shattered my heart in the most beautiful way and made me start crying when I read that. I’ve been in such a dark place for the past three years, dealing with excruciating mental health issues and other problems, and I struggle so much to trust that God loves me, let alone likes me. Thank you so so much for this encouragement, and I would so appreciate prayers for continued healing and restoration of a deep and meaningful relationship with God and also that I would know deep in my soul how much I am loved (and liked!) by Him.

    • Praying for you!

    • Janelle says:

      Elizabeth, isn’t it so amazing when you read something and you KNOW God sent that message just for you? He really does like you! I pray that you not just read those words but come to absorb that knowledge deep in your soul. And that His perfect love (and like!) will provide you a peace that passes understanding. Love and prayers,

    • Tasha Jones says:

      I understand exactly where you are coming from Elizabeth. I consider my season of mental challenges as a time of “dying of my flesh” and finding/walking in my purpose for God. The devil wants to take captive of our minds and make us prisoners of the mind, but remember that our God is greater. Stay focused on Him and seek Him daily. I’m praying for you and you can do it my sister in Christ!!!

    • Elizabeth, You are lifted up in prayer.

    • Elizabeth, I’m praying for you right now.. asking the One who delights in you to delight you, too. May Jesus’ relentless pursuit of you become the joy of your heart and may His never-failing love and perfect presence heal those places that are broken and doubtful. Thanks for your honesty- what a privilege it is to carry one another in prayer.

      • emmanuella says:

        I am new on this platform and only started following when my boss (male) suggested (more of bossed me into) following; and i must say i am sooo grateful and see how blessed i will be by agreeing.
        Elizabeth, the God we serve sees all and knows all, He alone saves and all His business is to be there for us. He is continually seeking new ways to be close to us, announcing Himself and replacing all our pains, fears, doubts with His amazing and beautiful love.
        You see, you are already healed and whole because your Saviour has accomplished all that, know take hold of that knowledge, declare it over and over until belief and trust wells in your heart like a raging wave then see JESUS, the blessed one bringing you His perfect peace and joy everlasting. God really likes us, Oh what a REVELATION!!!!

  3. Thank you for reminding me that Jesus loves me. I am really encouraged this morning. God bless you all

  4. I love Jesus, does he know?
    Have I ever told him so?
    Jesus likes to hear me say
    That I love him every day.
    Yes, I love Jesus. Yes, I love Jesus.
    Yes, I love Jesus. In prayer I tell him so.

    • Latisha says:

      Ms. or Mrs. Abbot. Speechless the way you put that together..

      Just breathe taking..

    • Danielle says:

      My 2 year old loves to sing Jesus Loves Me. I love how you changed it up to reflect our love for him. I can’t wait to add this this verse on to such a wonderful song. Thank you for sharing it!

    • I learned this from a wise old saint years ago. I can’t take any credit for the words. But I’ve taught them to many a child of God.

  5. Elizabeth Queen says:

    What a joyful devotional. God is so good. Thank you for the reminder that Jesus truly loves and likes us!

  6. Annie Carpentier says:

    So refreshing!!! I love you too Jesus!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!

  7. Latisha says:

    Jesus is Love.. we all need to remind ourselves and others that every chance we get… It’s so important that we show our children this kind of love so they will know that the best Love is inside themselves.. Once they learn that, they can change the way the world goes… The children are our future.. Oh!!! The Love the 4yr has learned about… SOOO AMAZING.. God bless💓

  8. Shaneice Nicole Johnson says:

    Thank you Jesus for this reminder! I’m a wife, stay at home mommy of two boys and an online graduate student. Things get hectic daily but I thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you to write today’s devotional. It was what I needed! 💖💜💕

    • Shaneice, I imagine your days are long and full sometimes. Praying for you as you continue to bring the light (and the like) of Christ into your home and your studies and your marriage:) Blessings

  9. Danielle says:

    I don’t usually post responses to the daily readings but this one touched my heart in a very tender way. To be loved is one thing, like a teacher loves her class, but to be liked… that changes everything. It changes the relationship from teacher-student to friend-friend. That’s a beautiful image, Jesus wanting to be our friend. I picture him sitting there across the table with a cup of coffee just waiting for me to open up about everything, big and small, significant and seemingly insignificant. I definitely needed this message this morning. Thank you.

  10. Kristen Lester says:

    Love love love this! And like it soooo much. I know in my own life, married with kids, like is sometimes the powerful word of choice at the moment.

  11. What a comfort to know that Jesus is my best friend as well as my Savior.

  12. Bonnie Stone says:

    This is perfect timing. Like the author, I sometimes don’t feel likable but not feel reassured. Thank you.

  13. Absolutely beautiful! Knowing that Jesus “likes” me and delights in me fills every empty space in my heart. Oh, what a Savior!

  14. God spoke to my heart through your words today. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Cindy b says:

    So beautiful and touching and powerful! I have tears in my eyes. Thank you Lord for my very imperfect life and the reminder to like those I love, including me.

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  17. melody powell says:

    I really enjoyed your message today, it is nice to be reminded that Jesus still loves us. So thank you and thank your little girl for me and God bless you both!

  18. Thank you so much for this, particularly today! ❤️

  19. Angeline Scott says:

    Thank you so much for these words. They really hit home.

  20. My husband recently left me. We’d been together for 9 years, married for 2 1/2 of them. He had stage 4 cancer that spread to bones and brain. It didnt’ look good. I was terrified. I gave up my job (and pretty much myself, I’m realizing) to take care of him. We did a very intensive nutritional therapy that literally kept me busy 12 hours a day 24/7 for a full year. He worked from home and I literally waited on him hand and foot. It was very difficult emotionally and physically, but I adored him, and would have done anything I possibly could to help heal him. He seemed to always be the sweet, funny, loving, wonderful man I promised to spend the rest of my life with-and he told me the same things all the time. How much he loved me and how he couldn’t wait to spend the next 50 years together. 2 weeks after he got his “cancer free” diagnosis and clean scans, he decided he didn’t love me and wanted a divorce. It hit me like a speeding train out of nowhere. Talk about shock. He didn’t want to talk, or try, or tell our pastor or any friends. He was done. Period. He left (and moved 1000 miles away) 5 months ago. It’s still excrutiatingly painful every day, and I struggle a lot to try to feel loved and loveable…by anyone. In the car this morning I suddenly had a feeling I needed to hear “Tell Me”, by Carrolton. It’s about hearing Jesus telling us “Tell me I am loved, tell me I am know, and that you died for me, I am not alone, tell me I’m your child – the one your heart beats for, I can find my strength knowing I am yours…” It’s a great song. I listened to it over and over all the way to work and cried. I had discontinued my subscription to the Proverbs 31 emails a month or so ago. I don’t know why. Mad at God for not answering my prayers, for not bringing my husband back, for making me feel this pain, I guess. For leaving me, too. But this morning after I got to work I went to the Proverbs 31 website and looked. And I found this. I think maybe God is there after all. Maybe he does love me. Maybe, just maybe, he even likes me, too. Thank you. <3

    • Just know you are not alone. My husband and I separated a little over a year ago. Yes it still hurts, yes I still love him, yes I wanted forever. But just knowing God loves me and my focus has shifted more to God has helped me get through a lot. I will be praying for you. God is a l ways with you and He loves you!

    • God loves you too much to leave you in wrong hands. You deserve so much love and nurturing, he has something on the way for you greater than your wildest dreams and imaginations. I’m sorry for your loss; don’t lose hope. Agape.

    • Lexi your story really touched me this morning and although my story is different, I’m a 2 time widow but what I could feel coming from your story was pain, brokenness…and that I can identify with. Oh a day the betrayal, trust, confusion etc. It has taken me some time and many hard days and fights, and so much confusion but time does help! So does being faithful to God, I promise. Be honest with God too, He doesn’t mind 🙂 And hopefully you will get to a place of forgiveness and be able to pray and have compassion for your clearly lost husband (ex?) Oh and perhaps you’re being forced to look after and concentrate on you for a bit because you are loved!

    • Lexi your story really touched me this morning and although my story is different, I’m a 2 time widow but what I could feel coming from your story was pain, brokenness…and that I can identify with. Oh a day the betrayal, trust, confusion etc. It has taken me some time and many hard days and fights, and so much confusion but time does help! So does being faithful to God, I promise. Be honest with God too, He doesn’t mind 🙂 And hopefully you will get to a place of forgiveness and be able to pray and have compassion for your clearly lost husband (ex?) Oh and perhaps you’re being forced to look after and concentrate on you for a bit because you are loved! Xx

  21. Rose Gilley says:

    JESUS KNOWS ME! THIS I LOVE!!

  22. This last year has been a struggle for me, separating from my husband. A dear friend found out about us separating and she gave me a card to simply remind me that God loves me, what a blessing that simple little card was and is. Today’s lesson is a great reminder to me. Going through these rough days I have often had to remind myself that when I feel the most alone is when God is carrying me. Thank you for the great reminder!

  23. Wow. Out of the mouth of babes!! Don’t you just love God’s teachings thru the innocence of children? Alicia, I am like you in that I have days I don’t like myself and I wonder how can my Savior can still be there…still love me? On those days when I try to pray, most of the time I can’t and I tell Him, “Lord, I don’t know what to say.” But then He works in me because he likes me and He came in human form and knows all of our feelings and never leaves me. He fills my heart and turns me back around and makes me thankful and shows me sweet happenings…like a child in Bible School reminding us we are all liked and loved. Jesus is so easy to have conversations with if we just let him in our hearts. LOVED what Danielle wrote about having a cup of coffee with Jesus and Him just waiting for us to open up to Him because he really does like us! I’m rambling on but I think you all get my drift 😉
    Prayers to you, LexiJo.

  24. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for this gift today, my heart needed it ❤️

  25. Thank you for this. Perfect timing. God likes me even with my flaws and imperfections. Thank you,Lord!

  26. This is exactly what I needed this morning. Thank you so much.

  27. Needed this so much today. Last night I felt like I didn’t like me, lots of encroaching feelings of worthlessness, but Jesus thinks I’m worthy enough to die for; He likes me, I can too.

  28. The question is not whether God delights in his children. He does. The question is twofold: One, what is it about us that He delights in? And two, why does He tell us that he delights in us? What effect does He want it to have? Zep 3:17, Psalms 147:11, 1 Peter 1:6-7, Romans 2:29, 1 Corinthians 4:5, etc. In all these texts the command is to delight in God himself, and all other blessings we enjoy should lead us to God himself as our final and fullest satisfaction. Therefore, in answer to our first question my answer is: At root, what God delights in about us is that we delight in him. Now the second question- The proper reason to be glad that God delights in our delight in him is because it confirms that our delight is truly in God.

    -John Piper

  29. MILLIE M. says:

    I love this! What a great reminder!

  30. Valerie says:

    This is so embarrassing to admit. I am 60 years old and suffer from extreme self- loathing. In my early 30s I was going through a particularly difficult time. I had a conversation with my mother and told her I didn’t feel like she liked me. Well, she said, I love you. She either didn’t understand or denied there was a difference. I never got over it. That’s the embarrassing part. To be 60 years old and still care that my mother never liked me. Needless to say, the devotion today was a balm to my soul!

    • Toni L Wilbarger says:

      It’s not embarrassing, Valerie. I’ve struggled with this a lot, and I’m only a few years younger than you. My mother told me several times when I was growing up that she loved me but didn’t like me very much. (She said this whenever I disobeyed.) I think that’s where I got the notion that God thought of me that way, too. We both need to hang on to these Bible verses to help us through the times when we feel so down on ourselves.

  31. I have many of those days where I feel that I’m a HOT MESS but today’s reading was just what I needed. I AM LOVED! Thank you, God, for always loving me!

  32. Dr. Ossie R. Heaton says:

    ‘Jesus Loves Me’ became my favorite song when I was four years old. Gus Backhouse was the preacher’s name that helped me to understand that when Jesus was dying on the cross He had me in mind and if I had been the only sinner that needed to be saved, He would have gone ahead and died just for me. Then he asked me, “Doesn’t that show you how much Jesus loves you? He thinks you are so precious that you are worth dying for.” Gus told me to never forget this for as long as I live. And I told him I would always remember how much Jesus loves me. So I chose ‘Jesus Loves Me’ to be my favorite song and at 90 years old, it is still my favorite song. However, it is not always as easy for me to believe that Jesus likes me, because some days, when I am depressed, I don’t like myself. But reminding myself that Jesus loves me so much that He died for wretched sinners like me, lifts my spirit and helps me hold onto the truth that He likes me even when He doesn’t like the way I’m behaving. I would like to reach out and hold you hand and say, “I think He likes you and me, both, even when we have been misbehaving.” Love, Ossie, the Aussie.

  33. JESUS, said take care of the little children and widowed. Sometimes we wake up not feeling good. Jesus, loves and understand, and cares. Thank-you Lord, for our little children. Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus love me cause the bible tells me so. AMEN

  34. Kathy cox says:

    It’s too bad…for me and you….that trying to sign up for the bible study and buy the book with a credit card was so difficult. I didn’t want my info saved or pay pal. So you wouldn’t take my order. I felt like I really needed this right in my life. I guess I was wrong.

  35. Toni L Wilbarger says:

    When I was a little girl, my mom said this to me a lot: “I love you, but right now I don’t like you very much.” Deep down, I think I’ve always thought of God that way, too. Yes, he loves me, but let’s face it he doesn’t like me very much. I’ve never seen anything written about this before. That Jesus LIKES me! It’s still a little strange for me to wrap my head around. Thanks for giving me such encouraging things to think about.

    • Valerie says:

      Ditto for me too. Reading this devotion and people’s responses made me realize that throughout my life, when I disobeyed my mom as a child or made decisions she didn’t approve of as an adult, I guess t the message from my mom that she didn’t like me very much, though she claimed To still live me because i was her daughter. Now I see that I have believed the same to be true about God. He “loves” me because I am his child but doesn’t like me very much since I am a wretched sinner. I lived this devotion because it challenges and exposes the lie in that belief. I too have never read a devotion like this. Praise God for how he speaks to us through his people. Another example of his kindness!

  36. To be honest, the first thing this made me feel was that I’m the cool kid on the block!

  37. Alicia, so sweet! Our little ones have such a good grasp on truth sometimes. I loved this encouraging post. And Zephaniah 3:17 is the “life verse” that the Lord gave me for my now-seven year-old daughter when she was growing inside me… “He will rejoice over you with singing, He will quiet you with His love…” I find that she needs these reminders often, and I do too. Thanks for the blessing today:)

  38. Gillian says:

    Thank you so much. I loved this post and the I love Jesus song which I keep singing and have shared with friends and the thought of a cup of tea and chat with my Lord! Thanks for sharing everyone xx

  39. Loved andLiked says:

    Great Reminder! Amazing Love of God that He would and does “likes me” lots even the “unlikeable” me!!!

  40. Kendra Jennings says:

    This blessed my SOUL. Shared it with two friends who are dear to me. Thank you for this message!

  41. PRISCILLA STEVENS says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion! I am just catching up with my email devotions and decided to go back to the 5th. It’s so humbling to know that Jesus not only loves me but He really likes me too. With all of my junk and the times I am not so loving to myself or others, Jesus still takes pleasure in me. I am so grateful to be saved by His grace and truly loved by my Creator. Hallelujah!

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