Beloved | 5.15.16

About the topic of loving God with our whole heart, I thought that maybe we need to back up a step. What if the issue is not that we don’t love God enough? Maybe it’s that we don’t understand just how much God loves us. We hear this a lot, but do we really get it?

Do you know who you are, or whose you are? God has had you in mind since before the world began. You were created in love and your core identity is a very-much wanted child of God. He made you to be His image-bearer, inherently valuable, possessing hidden greatness and beauty. So, why don’t we really believe this?

Long story short, God wants your heart, but so does the enemy of your soul. Satan hates God and wants to destroy everything and everyone that God loves. Satan uses every opportunity to whisper into your heart and mind, weaving a tory through the wounds and fears you carry from living in a fallen world. Stories that you are a failure, unloveable, will never measure up; thoughts that God can’t be trusted, or is punishing you, and that your past is unforgivable, etc. You come to believe these stories, often without recognizing their source.

Make no mistake; Satan’s purpose is that you continue to live separated emotionally and spiritually from yourself, your friends, your family, as well as from God – simply filling in time.

From The Sacred Romance, by Curtis & Eldredge:

“He (Satan) accuses God to us and us to God. He accuses us through the words of parents and friends and God himself. He calls good evil, and evil good and always helps us question whether God has anything good in mind in his plans for us. He steals our innocence as children and replaces it with a blind naivete or cynicism as adults. He separates beauty from truth…replacing the love affair {between God and us} with a religious system of do’s and don’ts that parch our hearts.”

The true story told in the Bible is that God loved you into existence and has been pursuing you your whole life. We don’t have to get God to love us by doing something right – even loving Him back – because His love for us is not based on what we’ve done, but on who we are: beloved child of God. We love God because He first loved us. Loving Him back is a response to His love.