“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Roman 5:8
We all have this desire to love and be loved, it is in us because God is love, and we are created in His image. He breathed life into us, and in His breath is a love for us that goes beyond anything we could ever think or imagine. His greatest desire is relationship with us, and even though we sinned and severed the relationship, He demonstrated His love for us by sending Christ to die for us, so we could have our relationship restored with Him. God’s love is not an “I love you” word or feeling. His love is always moving and giving and expecting absolutely nothing in return.
All of us are in relationships and we all have had our hearts broken at one time or another. Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted and set the captive free. I stayed in captivity for a long time. I stayed in a prison of my own making and fortified the walls around my heart all because of my fear of rejection. There would be no fear of rejection if it wasn’t for relationships. We risk rejection every time we open up our hearts to love.
I did not understand God’s love for a very long time because I could not let go of my fear to let Him love me. I could serve Him with all of my heart, but I could not love Him with all of my heart. I always saw myself as someone on the outside, as someone who could serve Him, but never have a seat at His table. I could never see myself as His daughter all because of fear.
A few years ago I wrote in my journal and asked the Holy Spirit to give me a revelation of God’s love. Romans 5:8 was the verse that changed me and brought me to a place where I let go of my fear and let God love me. Through this verse I came to know how much He loved me. I saw for the first time how much I had rejected Him. The one thing I feared the most I had done to Him. I thought I could never be good enough because of all I had done wrong. I thought He could never love me as His daughter because of the mess I had made of my life. The truth of this verse trumped every lie spoken over me. God loved me in all of my sin, and sent Jesus to die for me, so I could live and be in relationship with Him. No one in this world has ever loved me like that, and no one ever will. I love Him with all of my heart. God’s love breaks fear. ~ Cheryl
Your Turn: Is it difficult for you to let God love you? Do you need to release fear of rejection so you can embrace His unending affection for you? Have you already learned to surrender and let Him love you? We’d love for you to share your heart with us. ~ Breath on Paper