"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged." 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NLT)True love has no boundaries and no requirements. I recently read this article in Charisma magazine. This passage struck me the most:
We often feel we have to earn someone’s love by training ourselves to give them what they want. Unfortunately, this kind of love isn’t “pure” at all, and it doesn’t come close to reflecting God’s true heart. But we’re so used to performing and trying to impress the people we want to love us that we treat God the same way. We go around and around in circles trying to make Him happy without ever stopping to consider that maybe His love is really, truly, pure—without any selfish or deceptive motive. Maybe God doesn't want anything from us except us.I have struggled for a long time thinking I wasn't good enough. I constantly want to please others and concern myself with what they think of me. Last night, as I prayed before bed, I remembered something that I had once known, but had forgotten as life had gone on. The only One I need to concern myself with is God. What matters most is that He loves me; and, He does, unconditionally. His love has no boundaries, no rules, no caveats. He loves me (and YOU!) so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins! What wondrous love is this!!
As tears ran down my face, I realized I had to let go of my overwhelming need to seek approval from anyone but my Heavenly Father. Sometimes I feel like the lost son (or daughter in my case). I feel unworthy of love from anyone. I repent to the Father and ask him to forgive me; but, I forget to listen and I miss these words...
“But his father said... ‘this son (daughter) of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He (She) was lost, but now he (she) is found.’ Luke 15:22 &24 (NLT)True love comes from the Father in Heaven. He is the only One we need to please, and He already loves us just because we are who we are... His children.
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