Feeling like you’re being punished by God is normal for two reasons: 1) life is filled with difficult losses, terrible tragedies, and dry stretches of boredom and loneliness; and 2) you are human, which means you screw up. You make mistakes, hurt others, fail to live up to your own standards, and let people down.
the love of God
You had faith in Jesus, but how do you love God when He lets you down? Maybe you hoped a relationship wouldn’t lead to divorce, a loved one wouldn’t die, a home wouldn’t be lost, or a dream wouldn’t be shattered forever. But you lost something you love, and you’re disappointed in God.
Maybe you don’t believe in the “heaven” of childhood fairy tales — but isn’t there a wee part of you that hopes such a place exists? A new creation, perhaps even a new earth, where you meet the people and pets you loved and lost. A place of comfort, peace, joy, rest, play, and even meaningful work.
How do you cope with feeling unloved by God? “I believe in Jesus Christ but I can’t feel God’s love for me,” says a She Blossoms reader. “I tell myself God loves me but I don’t feel loved. I can’t believe Jesus loves me the way He loves other people.”
As a Christian, you believe a Holy Spirit-filled life gives you strength, power, joy, peace and freedom. But how do you strengthen your relationship with the Holy Spirit? After all, it’s not like you can invite Him out for coffee, over for dinner, or out for a walk.
It sounds like a joke or a riddle — “What difference does an Easter donkey make?” — but it’s actually a serious question! Before I tell you about the donkey I met last night, here’s my question: What difference does Easter make to you? How does Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection affect your daily life?
Of course you should wear “priestly garments” to church on Sunday! After all, you’re coming into God’s presence, connecting with Jesus Christ, and listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. But what exactly are priestly garments, and how do you wear them to church on Sunday without looking weird?
Having a more meaningful relationship with God won’t guarantee good times, health or wealth. Just the opposite, in fact! The closer you are to Jesus, the deeper your compassion, love and sensitivity to others’ pain and suffering in the world.