Do you have a hard time believing that God loves you?
Many people do. An accusing voice in their heart or mind says, “If God really knew me, knew the things I’ve done, He wouldn’t love me.”
Jamie Ivey used to see herself that way. She’s sharing her story on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Living Free from Shame and Guilt.”
Jamie grew up in a Christian home, went to youth group, signed purity pledges, and did everything Christian parents hope their teenagers would do. She did well in school and outwardly followed the rules. She was a good person, but she never connected the dots for Christianity in her heart. So for many years, she lived a double life.
All through high school and into college, she regularly attended church and a Bible study. She became sexually active in high school and pregnant as a sophomore in college. Jamie feared condemnation, from others and from God. But what she discovered was a very different God with a very different message.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
God doesknow what you’ve done and who you are … and He still loves you.
I hope you’ll grab a cup of tea or coffee and join us for “Living Free from Shame and Guilt.” The resounding takeaway from Jamie’s journey through sin into freedom in Christis straight out of Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Jamiehosts a very popular weekly podcast for women called The Happy Hour, and her book is titled, If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. Her husband, Aaron, is a worship pastor.