How do you grow to love and accept yourself when we live in a world that reinforces the lie that you are not good enough, attractive enough, rich enough, strong enough, smart enough, thin enough, etc? Even more so when you have loved ones and/or friends repeating these lies to you throughout your life with references to your appearance, wealth (or lack there of!), lifestyle, choices, physique, abilities, achievements, etc. Not to mention those of us who suffer trauma, neglect, abuse, heartache, rejection, divorce and/or bullying which all, once again reinforce the notion that ‘I am not good enough.’
It begs the question, can you truly give unconditional love to others when you feel (on some level) unlovable, unlikable, insecure, and lost/ unsure of who you are and what your purpose is in life? The purpose designed to fulfil and enrich your existence and make you feel worthwhile and connected to God.
Would it be inconceivable to think the enemy would influence the world to be the exact opposite to the teachings and commandment of Jesus Christ in John 13:34; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
The enemy despises God so it makes sense to assume he does not want us to love one another, so creates a world where we know limited, and in some cases no example of unconditional love. This would make it much harder for us to learn to love without condition and fear of pain and rejection.
It is only when we allow the perfect love of Christ into our hearts that we learn what it is to feel love without condition and in return give love without condition to others more willingly and without fear.
With God’s love and faithfulness I finally know that I am enough. I know I am truly loved, accepted and “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Every part of me was chosen and ‘knitted together’ in my mother womb. There is no one else the same as me the world over. I am so rare, I am the only me and I was worth dying for.
Knowing this I am able to give and receive love to and from; my son, my partner, my stepson, my sisters, my brother, my cousins, my friends, my church, my neighbours, and my God in a way that was not possible for me before.
I would love to know who God has helped you love unconditionally in your life, please comment and let me know. It inspires me so much hearing the testimonies of others and learning the endless bounty of God.