Let’s face it, no matter how hard we try to be ‘good enough’ we never can be. We often think if we are happier, if we serve at church more, if we smile more, if we just don’t say those unkind words, if we work harder to say kind words, if we read our bible for an hour every day, if we fold enough laundry, cook the best meal, have the best-dressed kids…….we can get there. If we do all those things we will be ‘good enough’ for our spouse, our mother-in-law, our dad, our children, our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends, the church ladies at bible study……
But this is simply a lie. On our own we will never be good enough. In fact, we do not have to do one. single. thing. to earn God’s favor. God already loves us. He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to take on the weight of the world, die on the cross for our sins, and to rise again, causing us to be good enough, if we simply accept this precious gift.
I am learning (and often re-learning) that when I live as if no one loves me I am basically saying that the gift of Jesus’ life, which I have accepted, means nothing. It’s not something I mean to say. I don’t believe that is the truth, but I do need to examine my heart and realize that what I may be believing in a specific moment…..that not a single soul cares about me……is a lie from the enemy.
For me, learning to live loved means remembering the gift that Christ has given me in every moment. When I am hurt, broken, and battered by life’s struggles. When I am celebrating birthdays, rejoicing over the eruption of a baby’s first tooth, planning a son’s graduation, praying peace over a daughter’s sadness, welcoming a husband’s soul-bearing…….I am loved. And so are you.
As I continue in this effort to learn as much as possible about God’s love, I am asking that He send me daily, even hourly, reminders that I am loved. Always, I am loved by the Creator. You are loved. Always. By our Creator God.
Love Ran Red Chris Tomplin
We accept His gift of salvation when we answer His knock on the door to our heart, but it doesn’t stop there. We also must learn to accept His gift of love in the every day when our circumstances are bleak, when things are going well, and everywhere in between.
This saving grace God has rained down on us through His son Jesus is love, and accepting the gift is a part of living loved.
Let’s rest in His love today.
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Uninvited:Living Loved When You feel Left out, Less Than, and Lonely (coming August 9, 2016 – available for pre-orders NOW!)
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