I admit it. I’m stuck. I’m stuck on the realization that there are many, many, maybe most people who do not feel loved. There are so many hurting broken people. Hurting people hurt others. It’s a defensive mechanism, a knee jerk reaction to life. In the past 24 hours I’ve talked to adult children who are scared and defensive about caring for their aging mother, a crabby man with a new cancer diagnosis, a nervous fussy young man preparing for a final test and my list could go on. Each of these people has a legitimate immediate stress in their life. Each of these people is handling their situation with varying degrees of defensiveness, which shows up as being demanding and an attitude of “I’m right.” I recognize it because I do it myself. However recently my world has begun to change.
I have a verse posted on my mirror that has been a theme verse for years but recently it has really begun to come to life in me. I like the Amplified version (my husband says, of course you do it has more words!) 🙂
(For my determined purpose is) that i may know Him (that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly), and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection (which exerts over believers) and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed (in spirit into His likeness even) to His death,… Philippians 3:10
So if this has been my theme verse for a long time why the recent “Ah-Ha”? Because what I’m learning is that God, the person of God is love. (period) (I John 4:8) He loved us long before we realized who He is. He loves us even when we are unlovable, imperfect, and ungrateful. (Romans 5:8) I could go on and on but the point is this, when you realize, when you accept the fact that God loves you it changes everything. You have nothing to fear. (I John 4:18) Knowing God loves me just the way I am takes away the need to prove myself to other people. It takes away the feeling that because I think I’m different than many of the people around me I need to change to be “like them.” I can be me. I can relax. I know that God loves me. God is good. He is in charge and will be with me through whatever life brings me, not just the big life changing events but the daily stuff. God’s love is truly amazing! If I could only impart one thing to my children it would be this fact. God loves them beyond what words can explain, every day, all day, no matter what.
Do you know that God loves you, really loves you, today, right now, where you are at?