It was a long night spent tossing and turning. One of those nights where one thinks of every negative thing that has happened, or could happen, or might happen once in a million years, but still, it might happen!
Every once in awhile I have a night like that and when I wake up the next morning the feelings linger. My tired state of mind often leads me down a road of self-doubt. Self-doubt leads me to God-doubt. Not doubting God’s existence, but rather, doubting that there is a whole lot for God to love about a person such as me.
“For Heaven’s sake Patti,” I say to myself, “you are a 61-year-old women – near old as dirt – who should have a bit more confidence in God’s love for you by now.”
Welcome to FREEDOM FRIDAY – A devotional, emotional, spiritual and sometimes hysterical series that I will be sharing on occasional Fridays, in addition to my regular Old Things New posts. Why? Because though once bound in chains Christ has set me free – FREE to live, to love, to dance, to sing, to be who God created me to be!
After a firm talking-to I give myself a quick kick in the BEE-hind and a reminder from Scripture:
It’s true. We are His beloved children. I love the word LAVISH that’s used in The Voice Version of I John 3:1. Some synonyms for the word lavish are: give freely to · spend generously on · bestow on · heap on · shower with.
Can’t you just feel the warm showers of love?
Or maybe not.
How do you view God? Is He a God of wrath and vengeance? Or is He a neutral God who is up there – somewhere – but doesn’t pay much attention to you? Maybe you believe in SCARY God who flashes bolts of lightening from His fingertips and roars with thunderous anger.
Most of us know that our view of God is greatly influenced by the type of earthly father we grew up with. Some of us are lucky enough to have had dads that modeled godly character, offered proper discipline, and loved us well. Others find it difficult to understand the type of love our Papa God has for us.
I’m offering you a very simple post today, but perhaps a post that will help you think differently about God the Father.
In a recent Bible study I was involved in we were given the Bible passage I Cor. 13:4-8 to meditate on, two different ways.
Let’s read it:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Next, we were instructed to go back and replace the words LOVE and IT with the word GOD. Not an unscriptural thing to do since the Bible tells us that God is love (I Jn. 4:8).
Let’s read it again, slowly this time (out loud if you will), really thinking about the words we’re saying:
God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.
God. Is. Love.
I have no need to expound on that. I hope you’ll take this passage and meditate on exactly what this means to you, right where you are today. If you have had a misconception of who God is I pray that these words of Scripture will speak to your heart just as they did to mine in a time when I most needed to hear them.
He loves you with an everlasting love my friends.
You can believe it!
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