Updated: Apr 15
Wherever you are in life, I hope this blog post helps strengthen your belief that God loved you before He even created you. He knew you before YOU knew you. Even as you sit here reading this now, He longs for you to accept His love and reap the blessing that comes from resting in Him.
There is something enchanting about this word “love.” We hear about it and our eyes light up with excitement at the possibility of discovering something new and exciting about it. We want to know how to better love our friends, our families, and our significant others. Some of us want to understand why we do not “feel” love when we see everyone else around us smiling in their seemingly satisfactory relationships. Others are in awe of the love that is lavished on them when they know they do not deserve it. In general, love is more easily received and given freely for some of us than for others. Our world is full of people who do not accept the love that is freely offered to them. They do not believe, or do not want to believe, that unrelenting love is accessible to them through a relationship with Jesus. Why? C.S. Lewis answers this way:
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements."
That is not what we want, right? To hide our guilt, sin, and shame in order to protect ourselves from someone who keeps us safe-- who already took away our sin and shame? Being vulnerable with God about our sin and brokenness seems scary. We know how dirty our lives are, but God did not create us so that we would be defined by our sin. God created you in His image and wants you to know Him-- the death and resurrection of Christ is evidence of that. No longer do we have to be slaves to the fear that we are unworthy of love, the deed has been done. Christ has risen and we are set free!
Allowing ourselves to be loved by God is the most freeing act that we could ever commit. There is something incredibly powerful about knowing a love that cannot be rivaled, a love that accepts you in spite of your wrongs. This love exists. His name is Jesus. He paid the cost for your sin by dying so that you may know God. After all, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Thank you, Jesus.
Do not withhold God's love from anyone; we are commanded to do the opposite. It is meant to be received and then given to those around you, for God loved us first.
"A new commandment (not a request) I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:34-35
"Father, may I accept the love that you offer to me today. Show me how you love and teach me your ways, that I may better love those around me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, wipe my mind of any misconceptions that I have about myself-- feelings of unworthiness, shame, or guilt. May I not fear, for Your perfect love casts out fear. Today, I choose to walk in the redemption of Christ. Finally, may the love I offer not be limited to people I know, but also to the stranger, to those who have wronged me, to those who I may call my enemy, and to those who do not show me love. Your love keeps no record of wrongs and neither should I. Our world needs to know your love, God. Today, may it be shown through me."