God has really been putting this on my heart over the last couple of weeks. I have been blessed to do some study this year through School of Faith on a scholarship, which was answer to prayer. Iron sharpens Iron so to learn more and more about Him is just amazing. One thing we are studying on at the moment is the Fathers Love.
There are so many broken people out there, looking for acceptance and love. So many ministering and being ministered to out of these wounds. I recently had a conversation with a friend about how a Christian could hold a grudge for 4 years and never ever forgive or show love. Doesn’t the bible say “A new commandment I give to you is TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF” but maybe there is something deeper in that commandment. In order to love others you need to Love yourself.
One of the lectures I have been listening to by Kris Vallotton, he speaks of knowing who we are and what we are born for. But after listening to them I started seeing a pattern. How many of us Love who we are? Love our flaws, love our attributes, love the very nature of who we are? How then can we love others if we haven’t even worked out how to love ourselves.
You know God loves us, He told us.
Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
But He didn’t stop there did he? He did something amazing,
He loved us that much, He sent his Only Son to die to forgive our sins.
He came down from heaven to earth to live with us, to show us the unconditional love of Christ and yet we still don’t love ourselves.
I was sitting there listening, going yeah that is pretty cool. God loves my crazy hair, my laugh, he loves how I fall over my own feet. He loves me because He created me, in His imagine.
We need to learn to love the amazing person that we are, in order to love those around us. I can tell you that God’s amazing love is WOW!!!!!! Once you had a taste, you want more. He is nothing but love.
Today I witnessed something that broke my heart. While waiting in the school yard over the last couple of months, I have met another Mum whose daughter is also deaf, and has a daughter the same age as our middle child. We talk about how things are going and some days she just seems flat and others she doesn’t want to talk at all. Today, I met her husband. He was so rude and condescending to her, when she was only trying to introduce us. Where was the love? How can she love herself and her kids if faced with this bitterness. It broke me
I am currently reading a book by Kris Vallotton & Bill Johnson “The Supernatural ways of Royalty” it explains that when Moses was sent adrift in the stream, and then raised in a royal home it helped him to understand his place. We too need to realise our place in God. We are royalty, we have people that look up to us and ask for guidance like the kings in the bible. We gained Royalty status when we accepted Jesus into our hearts, but do we see ourselves that way? do we act that way?
So today, I grieved for this friend that she doesn’t understand she is a princess and is loved, loved by an amazing Father that would do anything, let me repeat, ANYTHING for us.
He is Love, Just know this. He Loves You, now you need to Love you.