My Pastor spoke this today and it completely went deep in my spirit.
I struggle with fear, negative thinking and have suffered depression and I’ve always had understanding that there’s complete freedom in Christ, but would still let these things keep me enslaved.
Sometimes, Christ will deliver us from something(s) and we will turn back to it, allowing ourselves to be back in the same position.
No longer shall I or anyone be a slave or held Captive by these things or things that are untrue, keeping us back or keeping us down.
Today I was doing my studying on Love and I’ve come to realize that today in the world, we often have a misconception of what love truly is and what it means.
Love is beautiful… and it’s powerful!! It’s the best thing!!!
We are often deceived by what we think it looks like or feel like.
Some of us are in toxic and unhealthy relationships and we confuse negative or ridiculous actions by our partners or significant others as love?
For an example: if your partner or friend is being controlling, you look at it as that being a way they show you how they love you… I’m not trying to go off topic here, but make sense of it all.
How about, we choose who we are going to love? That isn’t love.
Love should be easily giving, felt and spread all over.
So, let me remind you of what love is and what it does.
❤1 John 4:8
He who does not love, does not know God, for God is Love.
GOD IS LOVE. ❤❤❤
This is my commandment: that you love one another, as I have loved you.
( love isn’t just choosing who you want or are going to love)
14 Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.
❤ Love is selfless!! Not selfish!! It’s sacrificing.
Christ laid down his life for us. That’s true love!!
❤1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I enjoyed this and was truly blessed by it, I hope you who reads this are as well!!
I remember the days, when I use to constantly question my worth, felt i wasn’t good enough, important or beautiful based off of how someone would treat me.
I reflect…years later, here I am 29 yrs old!! Beautiful, gifted, worthy and so much more!! All I can say is, THANK YOU JESUS!!!!
It’s because of him that I recognize who I am.
It’s because of him that I’m able to walk in my true identity and not who or what someone else say or think of me to be.
It’s because of him that I walk with dignity.
It’s because of him that I understand true love and where it’s found!!
It’s because of him… That I no longer put my trust or my hope in man, but in Christ alone!!
It’s because of him, that I’m able to accept rejection, because I know I’m fully accepted by him.
I can go on and on… but all I can say is thank you Jesus!!
A lot of us are walking with our heads held down, self esteem low, walking unworthy, because of the way someone has treated us or made us feel.
Listen, if you would just focus on the lord, recognize who you are in him…. it all would change.
There’s nobody like him.
What he feel and think towards you is amazing, beautiful and true…nothing short or less.
I wanted to share this post and be completely raw and authentic, because I want to do my best to encourage someone and to also be relatable. I’m not perfect and we all aren’t. We have shortcomings and make mistakes, that we are often judged for… mostly by fellow believers in Christ.
It’s not our position to judge another, instead when we see our brother or sister struggling with a habit, sin or anything, our best position is to still show love for them, encourage them and pray for them.
I would say about 3 years ago, I remember going out to a park with a friend of mine to do some exercising. As we started on a trail she started sharing information with me about a friend who had been dealing with a man who was married. I called myself speaking on the situation and I was just judging the woman completely, looking at her with disgust.
Later that night, I remember being home in my bedroom and receiving information that the man i was currently involved with and in love with was married. I couldn’t believe it!!it was very coincidental to me. This was someone I was with for years and didn’t know.
It was hard for me and wasn’t easy for me to let go right away. I was afraid of opening up to other’s about it because i knew i would be judged and looked down on.
The situation was very tough for me, but it drew me closer to the Lord and with me drawing closer to him, i was giving the strength to walk away. THANK YOU, JESUS!
I remember reading Matthew chapter 7:1-2
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
When I came across these verses, it immediately took me back to this situation.
I felt the conviction.
I had to repent.
We cannot talk down, criticize and judge people if we don’t want the same to happen to us in return.. above I said, I was afraid of opening up about it, because I knew I would be judged… so, how can I be so open to judge someone and be afraid of the same happening to me?
If you don’t want it happening to you, why do it to someone else?
A question we should all ponder on..
So, I encourage us not to make it a choice of criticizing and judging our fellow brothers and sister’s. We know it’s not right and that same judgment will come back on us.