Look for love in the wrong places and you'll end up feeling like you've been chewed up and spat out. Even if you feel adored and respected one minute, you may end up feeling discarded and thrown away like old newspaper the next. Perhaps you've actually grown up with that sense of being discarded, unwanted and unloved. Maybe you feel or have felt unlovable.
Here's the thing: that sort of 'love' is a tremendous lie and so it's a pleasure to introduce you to someone who sees you with a truer, clearer love. And He sees you as perfectly lovable! More than that, He put you together in your mother's womb, so as far as He's concerned you are a masterpiece. The security and stability in your worth comes from seeing yourself as God sees you. 1) You're lovable to Him, 'You are precious to Me. You are honoured, and I love you. Do not be afraid, for I am with you...' (Isaiah 43:4-5). 2) Valuable. '... The Son of God, who loved [you], and gave Himself for [you]' (Galatians 2:20 NIV). Jesus gave His life for you so that you could have life and have it to the full! 3) Capable. You are God-made with God-given talents. He's '... given... you... special abilities...' (1 Peter 4:10 TLB). There are things that God has given only to you. And hope that God alone can give you. Turn to Him, and find love in the right place, a hopeful place.
So what now? Remember: you've been found and you are loved. If you're not feeling like it today, read Psalm 139 and discover how precious you are to Him.
SoulFood: Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11, Eph 4:7-10 (Ascension Day)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd