Who Loves Me?
Did you ever wonder, "who loves me?" Do you have an answer? It may be family, friends, or a pet. But have you ever thought of God as the answer? God loves you every day and every moment. He loves you when you are good and he loves you when you are bad. God's love is truly unconditional.
I know, I know, people have told you that you need to do several things for God's love. That involves being saved, which is God's present to us. The truth is God already loves you, you don't have to do anything.
God is Love
I don't think of God as some old man with a beard, sitting on a throne and judging us. I think of God as being everywhere and being in everything. Of course, God could present himself as an old man. Or as an elderly black woman, as he does in the book, "The Shack".
I believe that God is love. And this love is what connects us all. Love connects us to each other, to the world, to all of nature, and to the universe. We are all connected with love, and that love is God.
When we live loving others, we live with God. Believe it or not, God is love, and loves and lives in all of us. We do not have to do anything for God's love, it is already present.
God Has Plans
The world may seem to be chaos. And much of life also seems chaotic. But did you know, God has plans for us all. Plans of goodness and fortune. Sometimes we forget that we are the manufacturer of our future. If we look for the goodness we will find some. Only you can control what you look at. Only you can control where your focus is. If you focus on bad, you will see bad. If you focus on good, you will see good.
God loves us and we are precious to him. We do not have to do anything for God's love. It is already there. He doesn't care if you don't believe in Him, He loves you anyway.
You Are Precious
Did you know that God thinks you are precious? Just like you are, God already loves you. You have never done something so bad that God does not love you. King David had a man killed and God forgave him. God is love. Everyday we make a choice about how we will live. Everyday is a new day. We choose what to focus on. We choose how to feel.
God wants you to feel love, to focus on love, to live with love. Is this so hard? Does it help to know someone loves you and thinks you are precious? Will it help to know that there are people who want to help?
You Are Good
Everything created by God is good. You are created by God. Therefore you are good. We all do things in life that are bad. But that is not who we are. We are good people doing bad things. The action is bad, but that doesn't mean you are bad.
It is helpful to separate the actions from yourself. Know that you are good. Everyday you decide what to do. If you decide to do bad things again today, tomorrow is another day. I wish you were aware that when you hurt others, you are really hurting yourself.
We are not here to judge. We are here to love. All people are different. All people have different beliefs. This is their choice, not one we can choose for them. Allow them their choice, just as they allow you your choice.
Let Go Of The Past
We need to learn to let go of the past. The past is done, there is no changing it. We can learn lessons from it, but that is all the good it has. The lessons we learn from the past are made to teach us how to act now, in the present.
Maybe you cannot forget the past. If so, it is important that you do not define yourself based on your past. Every day is a new day. A new day to redefine ourselves and our lives. Look to the future.
Do Not Judge
Just as we should not judge ourselves based on our past, so we should not judge others based on their past. We are not here to judge. We are here to love.
We can never know what has happened in someone's life to make them act and think as they do. We cannot judge them without knowing their whole story. Every life carries its own story.
Do not have contempt for what you do not understand. It may not be the way you would do things, but we all have the right to live as we see fit. It does not help to argue your way as better. The problem is that what is good for one is not good for all.
Love Each Other
We are put on the earth for one main purpose. This is to love each other. We also have other purposes, our work per se, but our main reason is love. We are to love and take care of each other.
How different life would be if we just loved others. It would make a whole different world. I do believe that every one has their good points. It's just harder to see in some. But, we should be able to find something to love or respect about every one else.
Accept Each Other
We need to be able to accept each other. "Acceptance" is very different from "tolerance". Acceptence means to believe or recognize something to be valid or correct. You do not necessarily have to agree with something in order to acknowledge it to be reasonable. Tolerance is enduring something and controlling yourself in a difficult situation.
To me it seems tolerance is being on the edge of violence, while acceptance is being on the edge of understanding. Understanding leads to love. We do not have to believe what another person believes, we just need to accept it is valid for them.
Do Not Assume
Often times we assume someone who lives differently than us, is different to us. But how are they different. They still need air to breath and food to eat. They still love and hurt. They still long for understanding and peace.
Maybe how they think is different than how we think, but that does not make a giant difference. If we were to talk to them, we may find more in common than not. We, as humans, become nervous about people different than us. But, did you know, those different people are nervous about us?
We are here to love each other. Part of loving is helping. God loves us unconditionally. He loves us if we help others or if we do not. But, it feels good to help.
I love to help. It feels good. People acknowledge your value when you help. Is this called validation? Helping feels good because it is one of the human being's main purposes in life. Helping feels good whether the person helped knows it was you or does not know who helped.
Just because God wants us to help each other does not mean that he loves us more or less if we do or don't. God just wants us to feel good. He wants us to be happy. Helping others is a great way to feel happy.
Compassion is being concerned with the suffering or misfortunes of others. This is one of the main ideals that God wants for us. Through compassion we can understand another. Or, maybe not understand, but try to.
Often times Christians will stick together and not have much to do with others who are not Christian. Sometimes it is hard to have compassion for people who are different. Sometimes we may think that these someones "brought it onto themselves" and, as such, do not deserve compassion.
When we think like this, we are judging and holding others in contempt. God did not send Jesus (God in the flesh) to save the righteous, he sent Jesus to save the sinners. God wants us to help others. He wants us to help the drug addicts, the homeless and the criminals. Not an easy thing to do.
But, because God loves us all, he wants us to love us all. We are each one precious in God's sight. We are each special and wonderful to God. Even the drug addicts and the criminals. Maybe our help will do nothing to change their circumstances, but knowing someone helps makes life a little easier.
God is Love
If you ever wonder, "Who loves me?" you now have an answer. God loves you not because you love him. God loves you just because. Because you are a unique and special person. Because you are one of a kind, God finds you precious. God opens his arms to you. Whether you accept this love, or not, God loves you.
© 2018 Kari Poulsen