I used to think that I wasn’t good enough. And that was true. I wasn’t good enough, but I don’t have to be good enough. Because Jesus loved me, I can say that I’m changing, that I’m different, and that I’m beginning to discover what love is. That is my reason to smile this morning!
This world is thirsty for love. And it isn’t just a thirst that is segregated to one age demographic. The girl who starves herself or cuts her body is hungry for love.
Everyone wants love. Everyone desires to be loved, to fit in, to belong, and to be secure in the arms of someone.
The love of men and women vacillates daily. It often changes based on what the other person does or doesn’t do for you. It grows warmer with easy times. It grows cold when hardship comes.
I’ve seen this in so many eating disorder stories. We wanted to belong, to be good enough, to meet the expectations of others. In a way, we wanted people to love us.
In my life, there has been one ABSOLUTELY constant love. It has never changed, whether I’ve felt sad, angry, upset, frustrated, joyful, upbeat, happy, or worthless.
That love is the love of Jesus.
How do I know He loves me?
Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Christ died for us. He died for our sins. He died so that we wouldn’t have to die. He died, and I can live in His life.
Jesus came to mediate the rift between God and man. He came to make things right between us and our Heavenly Father. He came by His own will and His own obedience. He loved us enough to come down from heaven, live among men, suffer many of the same afflictions that we did, without sin, and die and rise again in order to reconcile us to God. 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
Because Jesus loved me, an undeserved love, I know it is love. It’s unconditional love, because there is no way I can every possibly repay the gift of His sacrifice. Yet, I can say that I will forever be secure in knowing that He loves me, and in Him, I can never doubt that I am loved.
And that’s the mission of this blog. It is to share my realization, day by day, more and more, of Christ’s absolutely amazing love. I pray that you might see God’s love through me, in a small way. His love really is the reason I have recovered and the reason I want to help and encourage others that recovery TRULY is worth it because of His everlasting love. John 13:34, ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.’
(I plan to announce the giveaway winner tomorrow!)
Thank you Katie for providing the opportunity to link-up on this Marvelous Monday!