Yesterday I went to GEMS (growing every mother stronger) at church and the lesson was really eye opening.
It was about Love.
Loving God, yourself, and others.
I think it was a message I really needed to hear.
We're called to love God "...with all your heart (actions) and with all your soul (feelings) and with all your mind (thoughts)..." Matthew 22:37-38
I struggle with all three of those, but especially my feelings.
I really wonder how God can love me, There are 6 billion+ people in this world how can He really care about me. I am so insignificant, sinful, and unworthy. I don't deserve His love.
But isn't that the point?
"God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us."
That seriously boggles my mind. He knew every sin I would ever commit, all the ways I would go against Him and He still chose to die for me.
I have always had a hard time loving myself, and I think that might be one of the reasons why I have such a hard time believing that God could love me. (Throw in some daddy issues and you've got yourself quite a mess.) I've always felt that I wasn't pretty enough, skinny enough, funny enough, athletic enough...etc.
I have to remember that "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:10.
Who am I to judge God's creation. I imagine it hurts His heart when He hears us belittle His creation; whether it is ourselves or someone else.
He is our Father.
I would be so heartbroken if my daughter talked about herself the way I talk about myself.
So I can only imagine how much it pains my Father to hear what I think about His creation.
This is something that I really need to work on this year. Getting into the Word and really getting to know my Father. Trying to understand His love. How can I know Him if I don't spend anytime with Him?
I just think it's amazing that with all my faults He still loves me and wants a realationship with me.
How amazing is that??
1 John 3:1
" See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"