When we struggle to believe that we truly are loved, this is when it's difficult to live without everything going awry. Living loved is the place God wants to bring us to. This is who he is. God is not a cruel, overbearing boss looking over our shoulder waiting for us to make a mistake. He is love. Perfect, whole, complete, beautiful, love. And he's invited us into that love.
God is confident that his love is enough for us. He is confident that we have what it takes. He is confident in himself, in the systems he has in place. He's confident in his love for us and he's confident in the ability he has given us to see his love and receive his love.
I found myself meditating over these scriptures, tears streaming over my cheeks, as God came with his love and reminded me, reminded my heart, how he really sees me. I found his love showing up where I'd doubted, the fears subsiding, and my soul encouraged as love made itself known.
If you're struggling to receive love or feel loved today, these verses (the Message version) are some great reminders that you are so very loved. xo
Jer. 31:3 God told them, "I've never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!"
John 15:9-10 I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done - kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.
Zeph. 3:17 Your God is present among you, a strong warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he'll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs.
Romans 8:35-39 None of this fazes us because Jesus love us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing - nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable - absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Malachi 3:17-18 God said, "they're mine, all mine. They'll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat them with the same consideration and kindness that parents give the child who honors them. Once more you'll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn't, between serving God and not serving him."
Eph. 2:7-9 Now God has us were he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing.
Gal. 5:22-23 What happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard - things like affection for others exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to direct our energy wisely.