What keeps you from loving others the way you crave to be loved? What’s lacking in your life (or more accurately, in your heart) that keeps you from fully loving others?
First John 4:19 (ESV) says, “We love because [God] first loved us.”
The truth is, we are loved. We’re loved by God, himself. Please don’t skip past this. Pause, and let it sink in for a moment: The Almighty God loves us. He loves you!
God, the creator of all things, the God who does everything with power and beauty – perfectly – loves you.
Are you catching what I’m trying to relay? Your heavenly Father’s love for you is powerful. Beautiful. Perfect.
If you’re struggling with insecurities, wouldn’t realizing this truth give you the confidence you need to face your day? To make better choices? To work at your relationships? If we were to understand the kind of love God has for us, we’d never feel insecure again. It would change the way we see ourselves and the way we see others.
This kind of love would transform our hearts so profoundly that we could love in a way we’ve never thought possible.
Isn’t this what you want?
Imagine how experiencing this kind of love would change your relationships. Picture being so full of God’s love that it would spill out onto others. How you would bless those around you (even on social media) in the way you speak to them. In the way you pray for them.
Even more radical, how would choosing to believe the truth about God’s love for you change the way you treat your spouse or your estranged family members or friends?
Finally, how would it change your relationships if you saw everyone through your heavenly Father’s loving eyes?
We’re talking about something huge here. How would it change your entire life if you went beyond just reading about how much God loves you and actually experienced his love every day? If you truly believed (become absolutely convinced) that God loves you – immensely?
Let’s find out. This month, the month we celebrate love, let’s believe (and celebrate) that God does indeed love us. Then let’s allow his love for us to spill out and impact the lives around us.