Truthfully, most days I don’t feel very lovable.
I look at my failures and weaknesses . . . my foolish emotions and misunderstandings, my lack of patience and persistent procrastination just to name a few.
I’m a mess. You too?
This week we’ve talked about God’s perfect constant love that covers our messes, our scars, failures, and disappointments. Even though I know the truth of God’s love, I still have days that end with me brooding over the negatives of me.
My goal moving forward is to replace those negative me thoughts with this important truth . . . It’s not about me.
It’s about Him. It’s always about Him. God’s grace and mercy in and through Jesus giving us new life and a hope that will last forever. It’s always about the gift of Jesus!
Jesus is God’s grace in person.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:4
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You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead. Ephesians 2:4
Grace – God giving us what we don’t deserve.
Mercy – God not giving us what we do deserve.
God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, He’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is His love to those who fear Him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset, He has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear Him. Psalm 103:8-13 (MSG)
“We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” ~ Peter Kreeft
God’s answer to your mess and mine is always Jesus. Incomprehensible excessive love!
For the Days You Don’t Feel Lovable
Jana Kennedy-Spicer writes at Sweet to the Soul.
She says in her testimony, “God took the worst thing
that happened to my family, rescued and repaired us,
and turned it into a testimony and ministry.”
Take a few minutes to read her post –
The Whole of My Anxiety.
It’s time to clean out and unpack those hurt feelings
and give them all to God.
Jennifer is The Intentional Mom –
Choosing to Find the Fullness of Life in the Every Day Bustle of Life
She tells her readers, “Maybe it is because I love growing, changing,
and learning new things that intentional living
has become such a passion of mine.”
Her post – How to Help a Friend Who is Hurting
is full of good advice and helpful suggestions.
Make sure to go over and say hello.
Dawn Klinge asks a great question at Above the Waves.
She says, “We can’t trust in God on our own.
To our sinful hearts, it doesn’t make sense, but we can ask the
Holy Spirit to give us the desire to know who God is,
and for eyes to see why He is trustworthy.”
Her post, “Are We Overvalued by God?” blessed me.
I loved this sentence, “There is something true, good, and beautiful
in all of us – not because of who we are, but because of who God is.”
This week’s top pic is from Meredith Bernard.
Make sure you go over and see the beauty
she captures through her lens.
She writes beautiful words too.
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