Often we hide our true selves from people. We put on masks. We pretend. We want to be liked. We want to belong. We’re afraid of one thing- REJECTION.
The good news is that God knows everything about us, and He still loves us! David writes, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar…” Psalm 139:1-6
Every moment God knows where we are and what we need and He lovingly takes care of us. He knows every bruise and every failure. He knows every fear and every pain. He knows us through and through, yet He loves us with all His heart. His loving gaze is ever upon us.
1 Corinthians 16:14
‘Show love in everything you do.’
Love should be the guiding force in our daily lives. God is love and when we show love, we reflect His character. In a world that is harsh and unforgiving, we should shine His love around us.In everything you do today and in the future, remember to do it all in love.
PRAYER: Lord, may my life reflect Your great love to those around me. Let me not act out of character with the love I have received. Instead let me be a dispenser of Your love to those I come in contact with. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Psalm 18:16-19 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
God delights in you! When disaster comes, He is there to give you the help and support you need.
Dear Lord, Sometimes I feel alone and discouraged. Thank You for the reminder that You delight in me. When nobody can help, You have come to my aid. Thank You Jesus, Amen.
David is a man we can all relate to. We may not have committed murder or adultery, but we all know the tension of sin, guilt and shame. He tried to hide his sin and committed one crime after another until he was confronted by Nathan the prophet.
Like David, if you’re in the middle of a mess today, don’t hide, don’t flee… own it up. Don’t be its prisoner any longer. Confess your sin to God. And God in all His mercy, grace and compassion will never turn away a repentant heart. He will wash you white as snow. His blood will make you whole.
Dear Jesus, Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Amen Ps 51:2
Imagine the Lord is near to you all day. Imagine that He is present at every meeting, that He sits next to you at your computer as you type your emails, that He is sitting at your kitchen table at meals, that He’s next to you in your car as you get stressed in traffic jams. Walk with the Lord today, conscious of His presence at all times, and you will be well on your way to being gentle with people. And the people you meet will sense that His power is at work in you. People know a gentle person when they see one. And people appreciate a gentle person more than a hostile one!
Prayer: Dear Lord, let my gentleness be evident this day and always as I walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What does God expect of you?
Few of us have thought long or hard about this question. The answer is:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
• Do what is right.
• Love what is kind. The world is rarely kind, but we must cultivate kindness .
• Be humble.
When we live such a life God is truly honored.
When you love yourself, what you allow looks different.
In one form or the other, we have all experienced rejection. We all long to be loved, we long to be wanted, and we long to belong. However, we don’t realize we have always been loved, we’ve always been wanted, as Song of Solomon 2:16 tells us, “My beloved is mine and I am His …” Indeed, I am His- we belong to Him. While others have rejected us, He wholeheartedly accepts us.
He died to make us His own. No one love us like He does.
Confession: Jesus, I am Yours and You are mine.
In Christ we have a love that can never be fathomed; a life that can never die; a righteousness that can never be tarnished; a peace that can never be understood; a rest that can never be disturbed; a joy that can never be diminished; a hope that can never be disappointed; a glory that can never be clouded; a light that can never be darkened; a happiness that can never be interrupted; a strength that can never be enfeebled; a purity that can never be defiled; a beauty that can never be marred; a wisdom that can never be baffled; and resources that can never be exhausted.
If that is true-and it is-how could we ever go anywhere else?
As part of the family of God, we are told to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) It’s like wearing a particular brand of clothing… soon enough people will begin to recognise you for what you wear. Our ‘position’ as Christians should never cause us to think we are above anyone else, but rather it awakens within us the ability to support, help and shoulder the burden of others… bring hope in heartache, peace in fear, help in time of need, and ultimately the life giving power of the gospel to a hungry and thirsty world.