Part of a talk I heard yesterday showed me that we can only love others to the extent we know in our hearts that we are loved. Likewise, we can only accept others, forgive others, cherish others and see others as precious and valuable if we know in our hearts that we are accepted, forgiven, cherished, precious and valuable.
This was one lesson that spoke to me, the “forgiven” aspect was clear. I get that forgiving is sometimes a process. I greatly admire those who forgive immediately and don’t get hung up on it. I have struggled with forgiveness and I wrote on a piece of paper, I need to forgive my brother.
How God knows us! Later in the same meeting there were some words of knowledge and the third one caused my heart to skip a beat and a lurch in my stomach. God wants someone to reconcile with their brother. WOW.
Just goes to show God knows our struggles, our needs and he wants to be an encouragement to us.
AS MUCH AS
Loved, a bridge to loving others, experiences shared, perceiving their needs because I was loved first, my thirst for love satisfied by the one who died for me, true love given selflessly.
Accepted, part of God’s family, adopted daughter established with royalty, now I can accept those who surround me
Forgiven, set free, no longer condemned, hemmed in on each side by guilt and shame, blamelessly I sit at the foot of the cross, redeemed at no cost to me, forgiving others so that I can be free.
Cherished, respected and revered, no longer living in fear of condemnation, those days are past and so at last I see that I too can cherish those close to me
Precious to my Father God, beloved and prized, opening my eyes to how I should treasure all those whose lives impact me
Valuable, a precious diamond in his sight, his light reflected in my eyes, my prize to value those around me, praise God for friends and for my family.