A person who is well loved is better able to go out and love EVERYONE better.
Doing good and being good are good. But what stirs God's heart is when we "love good"--
Learning to love like Jesus should go deeper everyday.
Live like you are loved.
Im not talking about human love—
But, of course, human love makes such a profound difference.
This is why we are commissioned to love, first our God (He is to be our first love) and then our neighbor as ourself. Who is our neighbor? Everyone outside of ourselves!
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
But when you understand...
I mean TRULY understand that you were created in love.
Made from love—
Because being created in the image of God, owning a portion of His Identity, knowing and embracing this at the core of your being causes a beautiful effect.
A butterfly effect, that creates a wave of intention the globe over.
When you know who’s you are you will begin to tap into who you are.
You don’t need to borrow anyone’s identity. Because that would make a mockery of who God intended you to be. Knowing who you are, your DNA, your very ID for Eternity does something majestic...
Here are a few characteristics of someone who knows who they are in Christ:
🦋You are or become secure. Because when the Love makes residence within you, you begin to rest in it, trust it.
🦋You are able to celebrate others because you know God celebrates you. His celebrations of you always feel more fabulous anyway. So you begin to embrace being celebrated as well if this is something you struggle with.
🦋You are not threatened by someone else because you know their gifts and abilities are only meant to compliment yours—
No one else like you!
🦋You understand that His Anointing has no shortage. It’s not going to run out. He won't leave you or forsake you. God simply doesn't quit on us!
🦋You will understand that it’s never about you, only about Him.
🦋You understand your need for others—
God has deep love for community.
So go ahead, understand how incredibly loved you are. God sees all of you, both the good and not so good, but He chooses to glory in your good. He loves and lives for your good. You are His Prime Candidate and He wants to see you live Victorious. And that’s a part of Him you can never repeal.
You can reject Him.
You can forsake Him.
You can neglect Him.
You may even feel undeserving of Him--
But none of this will change the fact that He is real and He has pardoned a great deal just to have friendship with you and He refuses to remember that which is forgotten.
So go ahead—
Live fully as you are loved fully.
Because God loves you fully, that means I love you fully too.
You. Are. Loved.
Savor that today.
I pray a blessing over you that washes every ounce of you in His bathing salts of love.
You are Pure.
You are Holy.
You are set apart for Greatness. There is Grace and Love and Greatness abundant over you. Shower in it.
Lavish your heart in it.
Endure it—because love like that is weighty.
Believe in it—Because it cost Christ everything.
Feast on it—because it is the most delicious meal you will ever have. Enjoy it—because, well, simply said—
this love is indulgent.
He is a God of Discipline, but He is also a God of Pleasure.
Good as Gold...