Monday, January 11, 2016

Loved Unconditionally – SEMPLY LOVE

I used to think that my failures and flaws were an embarrassment to God; to my confession of faith in Christ.  I believed that as a Christian my life should be without spot or wrinkle.  Well scripture could not be truer for me in this instance. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”.  The freeing truth is that my flaws and failures (as a Christian) are actually a testament to the unfathomable Grace and Love of God. (Ephesians 2)  

What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! I am simply saying that in all that we did before coming to Christ and even in Christ was foreknown by our heavenly Father. Yet He chose us anyway.  In the happenings of lives mistakes; our ignorant decisions, our on-purpose & intentional wrong choices, and our failures our heavenly Father loves us. In the mist of it all, through it all, and out of it all, He loves us still.

I know that the love of another person will never match the depth of love that God has for me.
I confess that within me are deep flaws, but I now have a growing awareness of the truth that I am deeply and unconditionally loved. That truth gives my heart comfort beyond anything that words would ever convey. The knowledge of God’s love somehow soothes the effects of those flaws and encourages me to live on in victory in spite of them. I was not accepted into the Beloved because of my behavior; by way of my performance. Nor does my performance maintain that acceptance. Ephesians 2:7-9 declares this truth.  

Despite and in light of this truth there are still some events and choices that I have made, that if given the opportunity to change them, I would. However, as I reflect I can see the love of God for me even in those times.  I can see the gentleness of His love for me even when my actions were not honoring Him. He never left me; He walked with me through the dark days of consequences. As a result, I am no longer a keeper of the law, instead I am kept by His love.  It is the Love of God for me that constrains me and causes me to be mindful of who I am in Christ (2 Cor. 5:14).  My do-nots are driven by His love for me, not to be loved by Him!!
    
My prayer for you is that you too will come to know the unfathomable love which God has for you.            
Until next time, live life to the fullest, laugh a lot and love much, and remember to never forget that you have greatness in you….. because you were created by a great God!  

Marilyn









“Becoming Semply Whole” 

      

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