His love is enough, I know this is true, but often I do not live as though I believe it. Recently, as I was reading Holley Gerth’s book You’re Going to be Okay, I realized that I strive endlessly to satisfy others to earn their love. I put so much pressure on myself, and often it all goes unnoticed.
God’s love is unconditional, I do not need to do anything to earn His love. But when I don’t realize that truth and don’t let that love hold me, I strive for human love to fill the emptiness.
I know I am not alone in doing this. I have had many conversations with friends and others who tell me their stories of trying to earn love. It all comes down to the same problem, we don’t know the magnitude of God’s love. We don’t trust Him to be enough, to fill the emptiness, to meet the hunger or neediness, or maybe it is our own pride that says I can get what I need myself. Whatever it is, it leaves us aching.
I wonder how we move the truth of His love from our heads ro our hearts. How is it that the Lord can continually be loving and faithful and yet we seek getting our needs met elsewhere?
Do you need to be reminded today about your Heavenly Father’s love?
His love was demonstrated to us while we were yet sinners when Christ died on the cross for our sins. (see Romans 5:8)
His love is everlasting. (see Jeremiah 31:3)
He loves us as a father, and calls us His children. (see 1 John 3:1)
His love is as high as the heaven is above the earth, immeasurable. (see Psalm 103:1)
The Bible tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from His love. (see Romans 8:35-39)
We are so easily deceived into thinking we can find more or better elsewhere, but the Lord has perfect love for us.
I am praying that He help me stop striving to earn earthly love that rarely satisfies for any length of time, and help me know His perfecr, satisfying love more and more.
The Apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT that “…Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you wilbe made with all fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
It is a viscious circle of striving, and having, then hungering, then striving again. I think in my striving, I too often take on unnecessary reaponsibilities. Paul tells us that the Lord’s yoke is easy. He leads us in His love to fulfill His perfect will. Ic an find rest from srriving as I know His love more.
Oh Lord, help us to know the reality of the great extavagance of Your love!!