In every season, He loves me.
Many women have been led to believe that in order to be loved, they must be "this" or "that" (roles); they must do "this" and "that" (services); or they must look like "this" (appearances) in order to be loved.
What is (or was) on your "to be loved" list?
My list "to be loved":
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Do we think this way?
IF I become "this" or "that" role, I will be respected as a woman.
IF I do "this" and "that," I will be loved.
IF I look "this" way, I will be valued.
Does our thinking come from God's perspective? From society? From a religious tradition? From our own experience?
It is worth doing a personal Scripture study and a soul-searching to know the truth about God's love.
"To be loved" is an infinitive phrase which functions as a noun in the mechanics of grammar.
"I want to be loved."
I want what?
The direct object of my "want" is "to be loved."
Every human is created by God "to be loved." He designed us as relational beings - created in His own image. Therefore, "to be loved" is a natural, God-given desire.
Does God really love women more who do church work for Him? Does God really love us more the more we do for Him? Is this the way to be really loved by God? No, this is not how God operates. There is no way to measure God's love; it is infinite and beyond our comprehension. God added no "if's" to His love for us. He loves every person with perfect love - whether we love and serve Him or not.
When we know God's love, then we desire to serve Him with a peaceful spirit - not with a striving to earn God's interest. Likewise, when we know another person loves us, we are at rest in their presence and at liberty to be who God created us to be.
The truth is that God really loves women who don't even go to church. He really loves women who are in dark places. He really loves women who have the wrong understanding of God the Father because they never had a loving earthly father. And yes, He really loves women who love and serve Him as well. He has loved and honored women since the beginning of time.
God loved me before I could even make a choice to accept His love. He loves me in my unloveliness. He loves me when I am healthy and when I am not. He loves me when I am productive and when I am not. He loves me when I praise Him and when I fail to. He loves me in my joy and in my grief. He loves me when others like me and when they do not. He loves me when I am energetic and when I am not. He loves me when I am close to Him and when I am not. He loves me when I remember His goodness and when I forget. His love for me is not based on me or my "good" works.
The twisted view that God only loves us when we become "enough" roles or do "enough" good things has tainted the picture of Christ's love to the church, and has toxified human relationships. We as women can never be or do "enough" in order to get love, and we should not make that our goal: to earn love. We ARE loved by the Faithful One Who IS Love Himself.
"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." - I John 4:16 KJV
To correct wrong beliefs of any kind, we can saturate our minds with Scripture - God's Love Letter to us and our firm foundation for every issue in life. We can ask the Holy Spirit to succor (aid) our hearts in our study. To know God is to know love. To know the love of God changes everything.
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;" - Philippians 3:10 KJV
In every season, Jesus loves you!
"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." - Jeremiah 31:3 KJV
When we know God's love, we naturally love Him back.
"We love him, because he first loved us." - I John 4:19 KJV
When we are loved, it is then that we can love others by His love in us.
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these." - Mark 12:30-31 KJV
Loved in every season,
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