Who Loves Me?

Updated on January 2, 2018
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Kari has been an operating room nurse for 25 years. She has been everything from staff nurse to DON.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Help Others

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.

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Compassion

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.

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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.

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      Kari Poulsen 6 weeks ago from Ohio

      Audrey, Isn't it wonderful to know! I am sad that not everyone knows how much God loves us. I do not know what I would have done at times in my life without this knowledge. Thank you so much for your uplifting remark. Blessings to you also!

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      Kari Poulsen 6 weeks ago from Ohio

      Jackie, I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I think I had written one but I must have forgotten to post it. LOL, I do that at times. Jesus is Lord! I am trying to write more about this. Thank you, Jackie!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I am loved. I know this because I constantly feel God's love. I am His child made in His image. Wow! This is powerful and humbling at the same time. To realize we are all connected with His love - we are all one is so beautiful.

      Thank you Kari for this magnificent message and reminder. I will hold this thought close to my heart when the tough times come.

      Blessings,

      Audrey

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      Jackie Lynnley 7 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

      Jesus is Lord and I think it is great for each of us to share Him all we can.

      Great job, Kari.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Mary! It is so comforting to know God is watching over us and has a plan. It makes me feel so special.

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      Mary Wickison 7 weeks ago from Brazil

      As the new year starts, it's good to read this and remind ourselves that we are indeed unique and have special gifts to share.

      Even when it feels like a dark cloud is continually above us, God is still there guiding us and has a plan. It is a comfort to know, someone's got our back.

      I especially appreciate the part about judging others, we don't know their problems or their journey.

      Very moving and uplifting.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Thank you for your kindness, FlourishAnyway! I do believe we are put on Earth to love each other. Sometimes it is hard when we do not understand others, but we always have more in common than not.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Linda, Thank you so much! The one constant in my life is I know I am loved by God. I am honored to be loved and cherished by people here on HP. I do hope that at least one person comes to know God's love by this.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Verlie, Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. It means a lot to me! I am feeling led to publish more along this line. I never thought of Evangelism as being my gift, but maybe that is where I am being led. God bless you also!

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      FlourishAnyway 7 weeks ago from USA

      I like your message regarding loving people who are not Christian or different from oneself. You have a beautiful heart.

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      Linda Lum 7 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Your comment "I just wanted to thank you all for the outpouring of love that I felt reading your remarks. I wrote this to send love to others. I guess I forgot you reap what you sow. Thank you all, you have made my day!" brought me to tears.

      You are loved by God, and you are loved and cherished by many people here on HP as well. And only God knows how many people will be touched by your words...

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      Verlie Burroughs 7 weeks ago from Canada

      Hi Kari, the day ain't over yet, still have to add my two bits :)

      First of all thank you so much for this lovely, uplifting, outpouring of love. Wow! You go girl...

      Second of all I'm thinking your calling may be Evangelism. Holy smokes, this is so well written and researched. It's a perfect go to church Sunday morning message.

      Your enthusiasm is wonderful and clear. So, I would like to congratulate you. Being a Zen disciple, I have no qualms about saying any of this. God bless you Kari. Love, Verlie

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      I just wanted to thank you all for the outpouring of love that I felt reading your remarks. I wrote this to send love to others. I guess I forgot you reap what you sow. Thank you all, you have made my day!

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Linda, Not only did he still make us, but, knowing our deepest, darkest secrets he still loves us and thinks we are precious beyond measure. There is nothing, absolutely nothing we can do to make him not love us. Knowing this makes life a little more wonderful!

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Eric, my heart overflows with love for God. He is even more constant than math. I love how you say it, "love love". I don't think enough people know that God is love. That makes me sad.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Bill. I've never had to ask that question either, but only because I know God loves me. I have known since I was 6 or 7. I find it hard to know that not all people feel this way. How awful it must be to not know God's love.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Dora. Just as I believe God is love incarnate, I believe we are love also. Life is all about loving others.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      MizBejabbers, I, too, believe it is our souls that are made in God's image. Because our souls are incorporeal. I believe human love gets caught up in fear too often. Fear is the love killer. I do believe we were made to love and help each other. Otherwise, why would they feel so good?

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      Thank you so much, Nell! It is true, how we are all the same. And we are all loved.

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      Linda Lum 7 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Kari, what a beautiful message. I think all of us need to be reminded that we are loved. What I tell my family and friends is that God knew you even before you were born. He knew what you would do throughout your life. He knew your worst moments, your darkest secrets. And, despite all that, He STILL made you, because He loves you.

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      Eric Dierker 7 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for giving us this in love.

      1 John 4 makes it clear that God is love. And then

      Mark 12:30 To love God with all your heart

      So we have a clear mandate to love love. That makes it so easy for me to love.

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      Bill Holland 7 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I am happy to report that no, I never asked myself that question. I have always felt loved. Wonderful piece of writing and message.

      Happy New Year!

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      Dora Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      What a great message with which to begin the New Year. The assurance that God loves me cancels all the reasons to fuss and fret. It also motivates me to love others. Thanks for underscoring these truths.

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      MizBejabbers 7 weeks ago

      Kari. I am trying to understand the difference between God's love and human love. The Bible says that we are made in God's image. I believe that it is referring to our spirit or soul, not our body looks like God. If we are made from God himself, how can he not love us, just as a mother loves her child. I think we have to go into our higher selves to attain and understand that love for others. Ego is part of the human lower mind. This is a beautiful hub, Kari. Thanks for the reminder that no matter what happens in our lives, our creator still loves us.

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      Nell Rose 7 weeks ago from England

      Gorgeous, Kari! I love it! and yes I totally agree with what you said about other people being different but eat and feel pain the same as we do. I remember when I started on here, and then joined facebook. I started getting so many friends from around the world, and I noticed one thing. We are all the same! whether we live in England, or India, Singapore or America, we do feel the same, and its wonderful! What a great first hub to read in this the new year!

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