The other day I read a quote by Timothy Keller, and it sparked this blog post. It went something like this.
When I read these words, it really hit my heart hard! How many times can you think of that you’ve felt loved, but by someone who doesn’t truly know you? Having that fear of oh no what if they see my weak side or what if I do something that is embarrassing and then they change their mind about me. The dream, well at least for me, was always to search for that kind of love in a relationship. I prayed for someone who would know all my flaws, all my crazy, and still love me anyways. All this time I’ve focused on this. This earthy love. But when I read the above words, I realized that God’s Love is exactly that! He created us, so he truly knows our hearts more than any earthly person could. He knows our thoughts and our prayers, our wishes and dreams, our angers or frustrations, and he STILL loves us! After seeing us for all we are, he still wants to pave the way for us. He wants to sustain us, and strengthen us. He wants to prepare us for struggles and has equipped us to fight the enemy in all areas of our lives.
I think a lot of times we get caught up in hoping for that special relationship, or clinging to one that isn’t right because we crave love so badly – but what I’ve learned is that God’s love is the only thing that will ever fulfill the spot in our hearts reserved for that kind of love. Yes, I believe that there is someone out there for all of us, that God carefully chose, that will love us with all that they have. But, at the end of the day, we are human. The best example of love that we have, is God’s. If we can put that example at the center of all of our relationships, we will be able to love others more fiercely. We might be able to understand their love languages more clearly and accept their flaws – even sometimes when we cannot understand them. Maybe you’re in a place where you think you’re in love, but you don’t really know what that is supposed to feel like. Most of us watch shows like The Bachelor where after a month one guy is “in love” with 3 women…okay really?? (But side note I live for these shows and love the drama) So, our idea of love is sometimes skewed. But something we must remember, is that God’s love is perfect, it is fierce and it is unwavering.
In my relationship, God’s love and promises are at the very center. Yes, we have fights and flaws and don’t understand each other sometimes; but at the end of the day we see each other for exactly who we are. Our flaws are all over the table, along with our dreams and fears and everything in between. God’s love at the center is what sustains our relationship every day. It is what keeps us together even when the road gets bumpy, and is the example that we look towards every day. I wrote a post on Joy last week, and during that time of reflection while writing it, I realized that I feel most joyful when I feel loved. We all have those moments where we don’t feel loved, or worthy. But every day I have to keep reminding myself that because of God’s love, I am worthy and I am loved more deeply than I could ever imagine! YOU ARE TOO. Every day, remember that you are truly loved and fully known. That you are special, oh so worthy and that God’s love has the ability to strengthen you in every area of your life if you just let it.
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