Encouragement for Today - March 13, 2007


March 13, 2007


His Plan Is To Love You

By Melanie Chitwood



Ephesians 3:17, “Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” (NLT)



I find it just absolutely amazing that Jesus came to earth for one reason only—He loves you. When He took off His crown in heaven, He was thinking of you with love. When He left His home in Heaven, He was thinking of you with love. When He journeyed to earth, He was thinking of you with love. When He looked ahead to how His years on earth would end, He was thinking of you. He loves you.


There is only one place here on earth where Jesus can find a home - in your heart. If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, I pray that today will be the day that you pray to Him, confess your sin, and accept His forgiveness and love. I hope that for you, this will be the first day you celebrate Jesus as your Savior, Friend, and Lord.


You may have already asked Jesus into your heart, but you’ve wandered away and you’re not so sure He can still find a home with you. Maybe you’ve just grown lukewarm in your love for Christ. Or maybe you’ve strayed way off the path.


I want to assure you today that there is no where you can go where He cannot find you and rescue you with His love. There is nothing you can ever do to make Him stop loving you. From the very first moment, He thought of You, His plan was to love you, and that will always be His plan.


He is only a prayer away. Will you pray today to receive Christ into your heart as your Savior and Lord? Will you pray today a prayer confessing your sin and know that He welcomes you back the minute you turn to Him?


Dear Lord, help me know and to believe that Your plan for me is to love me unconditionally and be my Lord and Savior, now and always. Thank you for the sacrifice of Your death. Thank you for the power of Your resurrection. Hold me close in Your loving arms. Make my desire for You and Your ways stronger than any other desire in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Related Resources:

Do You Know Him?


What a Husband Needs from His Wife by Melanie Chitwood


Who Holds the Key to Your Heart by Lysa TerKeurst


Application Steps: 

If you prayed today to receive Christ as Your Lord and Savior, or have recommitted to following Him, let someone know right now! Let Proverbs 31 Ministries know by clicking Do You Know Him? or tell a friend.


Begin today to spend daily time with Jesus. Read the Bible every day. You can start with the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32.



Are you part of a church family? God does not want us to live as Christians on our own. Attend a Bible-believing church this week. Commit to joining a church and becoming involved. No more excuses!


Power Verses:

John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.’” (NAS)


Ephesians 3:17-19, “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)


1 John 3:1, “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to.” (MSG)



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Originally published Tuesday, 13 March 2007.