We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Let’s be honest, some people are hard to love. Every one of us has at least one “sandpaper” person in their life. The kind of person that just rubs you the wrong way. My “sandpaper” person is typically a co-worker. I do everything that I can to avoid the person, but God always has different plans, and a sense of humor. It never fails, I end up getting sent on a weeklong business trip with that person. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. After spending an entire week with them, I typically learn that they really aren’t that bad after all. And they usually end up becoming a friend.
God has made each and every person special, and unique. Sure, we will click with some people much more easily than others but when we get to know someone who is different than us, we often discover that we actually have a lot in common. Some of my best friendships are with people that I never imagined being friends with.
Not every person is lovable, but every person is loved by God. Remembering this helps me to try to see them the way God does. He loves us in spite of our failures, sins, betrayal, and hatefulness. Because of the love that he has given to us, we should strive to love others in the same way.
If you are not feeling loved, open your Bible and let the Lord remind you of his promises to you. Who does he say you are? When you discover and believe who your Father in heaven says you are, it is life changing. When you know who you are in Christ it no longer matters what others think or say about you because you know that you are chosen and deeply loved (Colossians 3:12). You can face each day with confidence because you know that you are a child of the Most High God (John 1:12, Romans 8:15).
The February InJoyBox included a promise jar that was filled with promises from God’s word. As I filled the jars, I was overwhelmed by his promises and who he says I am. I am loved, chosen, forgiven, rescued, free, a princess, not alone, strong, blameless, a friend of Christ, and so much more! I pray that God speaks truth into your heart this month and reminds you of the love that he has for you.
Dear Lord, thank you for the love that you have for me! I am so undeserving but because you are so, so good, you love me anyway. Please remind me of your promises. Remind me of who I am because I am yours. Help me to love others the way that you love me. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you don’t know the peace that comes from knowing and walking with Jesus, I encourage you to simply start with this simple prayer; “Jesus, I need you. I want to have peace and joy regardless of my circumstances and what is going on around me. I recognize that I am a sinner in need of a savior. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and God raised you from the dead. I believe that you, Jesus are Lord. Amen.”
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.– Romans 10:9
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