Knowing someone loves me …
Knowing someone loves me nurtures trust.
Knowing if someone in particular loves me doesn’t impact me like it did when I was younger. I was very needy of love and approval. Now, not much.
I’m thinkin’ it’s because I’m believin’ so much more the love God has for me. Knowing He loves me is the catalyst to my believing Him … believing what He says He’s done for me and is doing for me … it causes my confidence to soar. The more faith I have in His love … the bigger my trust … the greater my expectations. And … approval from others around me is a minimal part of the equation. In fact, my overall trust is so much greater I don’t even really notice if someone is approving me or not. And … if I’m being instructed, corrected, critiqued, it’s easy to receive. If I’m not understanding their perspective, I can just go to my Father God, and He makes it understandable. It’s a great freedom!! It’s a wonderful life in Him.
I’m saying, “I believe the love You have for me. I’m gonna think about it, read about it, ponder it, and I’m gonna say it more all the time. For one … it’s true. And … because it’s true, the more I say it, the more real it will be to me. I know You have supernaturally great things for me in my future … greater than I can comprehend. From Your Word I see that there is no limit to how good, how gracious (full of grace), You want to be to me. I take this. I have it. I thank You, and I WILL to forgive and love as You forgive and love me … so Mercifully. All in Jesus name.”
1 JOHN 3:1 Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called “children of God”—and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. Our heredity on the God-ward side is no mere figure of speech—which explains why the world will no more recognize us than it recognized Christ. PHILLIPS
1 JOHN 4:9-10 This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. MSG