My goodness how I love you. Yes, beloved one, you. Even when you laugh at me. Even when you seek to plot evil against me where everyone can see. Yes, without a doubt I love you. Even when you make fun of me and highlight every flaw in me you can find…yes, I still relentlessly love you and see you as a beautiful one of a kind. Even when you bully me and call me names. Even when you think I am weird and judge my smile and differences and look for any possible way to blame. I love you. No question about it. When you attempt to steal my confidence, yes even then I still love you and it is intentional, not by happenstance. Without bitterness, without resentment, and without anger, I love you. No changing of my mind. Even when you mock my voice and bring public persecution and cursing to my passion for Jesus, not a second goes by that my soul stops loving you. Unconditionally. Unfailingly. Perseveringly. Patiently. Recklessly, I love you.
Why? You say. That makes no sense.
Because He first loved. Because when the world cursed His Name and mocked His glory, He still so loved the world. Because when all people laughed at Him and turned from Him, He never stopped loving. When He was persecuted and abused and scorned, love overflowed from His cup for them. And because as His child, as His daughter, it is no longer I who lives, but rather it is Christ Who lives in me. I love because He first loved. I do not approve of what you do, but I love you for you because Jesus loves me for me too. I am no better than you are because we ALL-every single one of us- have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; yet still He loves us without a hint of hesitance. Seeing us as worthy of his love and priceless in His grace and beloved in His eyes, I choose to see as He sees. I see you as worthy, I see that you too have priceless worth and that you are the Lord’s beloved. I will not give up on you because God does not give up on me.
I know that there is something much deeper in your fearfully and wonderfully made soul that is broken and hurting below the surface. I know that you are going through hardships that I know nothing about. But in His beautiful love, I know that the King of kings knows exactly what you are going through and I am simply here to tell you that He has conquered your every trial and claims you to be more than a conqueror. He sent His one and only son to die so that you can come to Him and receive a yolk that is easy and a burden that is light. I pray over you in such longing desperation that you become saturated in the Lord’s divine grace today. I pray tenderness over your spirit and I pray conviction so that you can run freely in Him with endurance. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may truly grasp how deep and how wide and how long and how high, the God over every nation’s love is for you. I pray that every chain upon your hands and feet are unshackled. I pray redemption from the scars of your past. I pray peace over your heavy heart that may be anxious. I pray rest over your mind that the enemy has deceived in exhausted defeat. I pray life over you, abundant life! I know that you have hated me for a reason much greater than me. I know that our battle is not against flesh and blood, and that this is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Against the enemy who doesn’t want you to know that God has plans to prosper you and not to harm you. That He has plans to give you a hope and a future.
I will continue to love, even if you reject. I will continue to give, even if you deny. I will continue to be compassionate, even when you hate. I will continue to bring light, even if you are totally convinced that your darkness is too dark. Because my God loved me when my heart wanted to reject. Because when my soul denied His Name, He still gave His one and only son. Because when I was stumbling in darkness, His light shined in and the darkness could not overcome it. OH! How I pray that you meet Him today! I pray that your ears may be tuned to hear His knocking upon your inmost being that He sees as a masterpiece.
I love you and I pray God please forgive them, for they know not what they do. God loves you and I pray blessings over your life. I pray that your feet are swept off by Jesus today and that your soul is enveloped in the romance of His love that has not given up on you.
I am kind and merciful to the ungrateful and the evil. Because my God is kind and merciful to the ungrateful and the evil. Because He must become greater and because I must become less. Because He first loved you, I love you too. What love is this? This love is unconditional.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
i LOVE you 🙂 and man oh man God loves YOU too!!! 🙂