If I had a magic wand and I could impart any spiritual gift, what would it be?
It would be that that people would know that they are loved by God.
Perhaps this seems silly, or obvious, or a no-brainier. So perhaps I should 'expound' on what I mean by this knowing that they are loved to help it make sense:
It would be that that people would know that they are loved by God: not because of anything they have done or can do or will do...
That just made it a tad bit harder to swallow, didn't it? Here's my last expansion on those thoughts:
It would be that that people would know that they are loved by God: not because of anything they have done or can do or will do... and that this is true despite what they have done, are doing or will do.
This last part, my friends, seems to be one of the biggest hurdles for Christians to cross. And why? Because, more often than naught, we put our paramount focus on our sin (and the sins of others). But what would happen if we put our focus on the LOVE of God? How would we then live? Would anything change?
I have hundreds of verses running through my head that I want to share to "prove" that this fact is true to you - He loves you with an everlasting love. But what I've learned is that our intellect is only one of the many pieces to this puzzle. When I get lost, confused, disillusioned with this fact of love one simple starting point is to go back to seeing Jesus and hearing His Father's heart:
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
His motivation? LOVE.
His gift to you? Eternal life: it starts here, today; it is now.
- Do you feel you are experiencing life?
- Do you feel you have peace?
- Peace with God?
- Peace with others?
- Peace within yourself?
I'm not saying it will be easy. I'm not saying it will be magical but what I am saying is that it is worth it. It is worth allowing yourself to be washed with the truth that God loves you and this was proven through Jesus. He, Jesus, truly is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Prince of Peace.
Today, may you know you are loved as a child of God.