Do we know.
The bible says that the greatest gift is LOVE. So what is LOVE? Webster says it’s an intense feeling of deep affection. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-5 that 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, and it keeps no record of wrongs. So do we believe what God says about love and are we making choices that reflect that decision?
You see no matter how we feel, we deserve LOVE, and every single human being deserves LOVE. Jesus died on the cross to show us how much we deserve it. This act of love was so self less and painful, how could we not accept it. He gave his life for us so the least we could do is receive his LOVE.
Maybe you parents didn’t show you love so maybe you don’t know what real love is. Or maybe they did but you don’t believe it, you don’t feel worthy of love. I mean they’re your parents, so that’s what they are suppose to do, right? You see the enemy will use anything. If you were not loved growing up he reminds you of your childhood and feeds you full of lies and says there is no way you can be loved. And if you were loved growing up he uses self worth and fills you full of doubt so you don’t believe you are really loved. We all doubt our self worth. We are all fighting the same battle and same enemy not each other but SATAN. Remember his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.
So how do we live this abundant life of LOVE that God has and wants for us? The bible says LOVE is the greatest gift of all which means the whole of. So the first thing we have to do is ACCEPT God’s LOVE for us. It’s a free gift, come on who doesn’t like free gifts? 😃 Second, we must LOVE ourselves, not some but ALL. We must love our mistakes, our flaws; love our whole self which develops self-worth. God created each and everyone us different. There literally is no one else out there like you. You may have similarities with someone but you are seriously ONE OF A KIND. It’s time for us to start believing this. If we have self worth then we will make better decisions. LOVE really does change the WORLD because it changes you, it changes me, and changes everything you do, say and act. It is a beautiful ripple effect that can change our WORLD.
If we really knew our self worth like we do with our kids, our friends, our spouses it would radically change our lives. Young girls in Jr High and in High School wouldn’t hang their heads low and walk with low self esteem to later be manipulated and trafficked into sex. Where they feel so worth less and trapped that they can’t even walk away from such a detrimental lifestyle. To believe that life is the best LOVE they’ve ever felt. Where did we go wrong? This is not LOVE !! Who will show them love, who will encourage them, who will love them, before it’s too late and you see her on the news dead in an alley?
Young girls and boys in good homes and good communities but get lost in busyness and keeping up with the JONES. This is not LOVE!!!! LOVE is not accomplishments, making a competitive team, having straight A’s, or being popular and feeling society’s acceptance. Who will show them they have special gifts and talents no matter if they made the team or not, who will encourage them and tell them they were created for a purpose and teach them to encourage others, love themselves and others instead of bullying?
LOVE can change the world. It starts with YOU loving yourself. If you don’t believe you are LOVED then why should they!! We must teach others and remind others of their self worth. The smallest act of kindness shows so much LOVE in our world that is so dark. Be the Light. Be the greatest gift of all ….be LOVE.