You Are Deeply Loved.

Updated: Apr 20



 

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

- 1 Corinthians 4-7 (NIV)

 

I’ve always been fascinated with the topic of love. I thought if I read a massive amount of books about it, I would begin to understand what love is all about.


I was wrong.


I moved to NYC after college and started applying for jobs in the fashion industry. After over a year of not securing one, I broadened my search.

One day, I came across an ad on Craigslist that made my heart sing. A celebrity matchmaker was looking for an assistant.

“Absolutely, yes!” I thought to myself.


If there was a dream job other than designing fashion, that was it. So I immediately applied.


After a few email correspondences, the matchmaker told me I was her top candidate. But then her emails stopped.


I never heard from her again, but the desire to understand love and relationships stayed with me.

Lately, God has shown me that healthy relationships start with Him. How can we possibly know what a healthy relationship looks like if we don’t know our Father who is love?


God set the standard of love by creating us to be in an inseparable relationship with Him. And then when sin entered the world, He took love to another level by sending His only begotten son to give us new life and restore our fellowship with Him.

If we haven’t received the fullness of God’s love for us, seeing ourselves through the mirror of the Word, we have no foundation to build on. And we’ll always be searching for things and people to make us whole instead of the One who can fill every void in our lives.


God is love.

I’ve probably said those words thousands of times in my life, but they weren’t alive in my heart. I hadn’t given my whole heart to God—only the convenient parts.


Love was foreign to me because I didn’t know the fullness of God’s love for me. There was one word that defined how I saw myself...unloved.

It became my identity, so I played life safe. I avoided having tough conversations. I only helped people when I felt like it. And I never allowed people to see the real me for fear they would leave.

I wasn’t living for the benefit of others. I was living for the benefit of me—my hopes, my dreams, my fears, and what made me comfortable. That is not love.


I couldn’t see how truly loved I was, and my actions reflected that.


Love is none of the things the world shows us and all of the things God displayed for us. It’s sacrificial and always costs us something. It doesn’t always feel good, but love does good anyway.


Love is patient, kind, and not self-seeking.


Our feelings change daily, but God's love for us doesn't. His love never fails.

God’s love is the solid foundation we build our lives and relationships. It isn't something we can learn in a self-help book. His love has to come alive in our hearts.


I read through John 13 yesterday, and verse 8 stuck out to me. Jesus was washing his disciple's feet, and when it was Peter’s turn, he told Jesus that he would never allow him to wash his feet.


Jesus then replied, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

You see, Jesus desires a relationship with us. It starts with allowing Him to wash away all our sin and fill us with His love.


It’s only when we know Love that we can truly love others.

Whatever may be holding you back from giving God your whole heart today, I pray that you surrender it all to Him.

Your feelings are valid. It’s okay to feel angry, sad, and/or afraid.

Just don’t stay there. Give everything you feel to the Lord, and allow His love to fill your cup.

Your relationships (friendships, family, work, romantic) will look different when you do them with Christ’s love overflowing in your life.

Brothers and sisters, you are deeply loved.


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- Mags

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