Love

Love Them Like He Loves Them

We are called to lead others to life in Christ, but it’s a calling that’s definitely more challenging than it sounds. We live in a world full of lost and hurting people, people we are called to reach. It’s the boy in your class with anger in his eyes. It’s the girl next door who seems to be fading away. It’s your friend who is always smiling, but you have no idea what’s underneath. You are called to stand out and shine the light of Jesus to these people, but sometimes you feel a little lost. Like they’re just too far away from you. You’re afraid to make the wrong move, afraid to do or say the wrong thing. Or maybe you just don’t know where to start.

Let me tell you this: the most effective way to reach people is to love them the way Christ loves them. Love them sacrificially. Love them even when they mess up. Love them when they don’t deserve it. Why? Because that’s exactly what Christ did for you, and he did it for them too. He loves them! He loves them so much that he died for them. They don’t deserve it, but he has covered their sin. He took the punishment they deserved. He is offering them the free gift of eternal life with a God who loves and loves and loves. This is a LIFE CHANGING kind of love. This love is radical. Unfathomable. Powerful. Everlasting. By loving people the way Christ loves them, you will be different. You will stand out. When you love like that, people wonder why. That’s how you point someone to Christ.

So, what are ways you can love people the way Christ loves them? Let’s take a look at Scripture.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I recently read something about replacing “love” with your own name and reading it that way. I’ll use my name as an example, so for me it would be this:

“Misty is patient and kind; Misty does not envy or boast; Misty is not arrogant or rude. Misty does not insist on her own way; Misty is not irritable or resentful; Misty does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Misty bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

If I want to reflect Christ, if I want to love with that kind of love, I need to remember this and set it as a goal in my life. Replace “love” with your own name and read it to yourself. Ask yourself: What doesn’t match up here? What are areas I can work on in my life to love the way Christ loves?

Look for opportunities to love people. Forgive. Ask them how they’re doing, and really mean it. Listen to them. Pray for people. Ask them if there is anything in particular you can pray for them about. Yeah, sometimes it can be awkward, but you gotta step out of that comfort zone! Aim to be remembered for the way you love. Lastly, PRAY for that kind of love. Pray for God to fill you with his kind of love. Pray for him to push you and challenge you to love people like he loves them, to help you see them as he sees them. Souls are on the line here. You have a mission! Love them like he loves them. That is how you truly stand out.

Colossians 3:12-15:

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Girls, you are loved so much more than you can imagine! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and that this has touched you and encouraged you in some way. God bless! ❤

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Beauty, Faith

Good Enough

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We try so hard to fit in.

We give up so much to be accepted. We surrender our purity, our confidence, our joy, our morals, our identity, the very core of who we are. We erase our faces, physical and spiritual, to draw a facade that matches theirs. We force our hearts to beat a certain rhythm, our feet to move a certain way, our lips to spill certain words, and our bodies to fall into the line which they’re all following, a line which leads to a horrible darkness shrouded by fake smiles. We sacrifice all that is good and holy and beautiful in ourselves, all that we have been blessed with, an identity worth more than anything this world can give.

Beautiful, you were not created to blend with the crowd. You were not created to live up to their expectations, to strive to fit the mold they demand for you, to live a life blinded of the loving Father and Savior who died for you.

You know that burden society presses upon your shoulders? Don’t pretend you haven’t tried to meet it before. We all have, at some point in our lives.

All of us have been tempted to believe the lies:

You must be pretty enough. You must be smart enough. You must act like this, talk like this, walk like this. You must do this, be that. You must be accepted. You must be good enough.

But the haunting whisper always follows:

You have failed. You will never fit in. You will never be good enough.

These lies push us to shame. They leave us in the dirt, confused, shattered, and having lost sight of our identity. There is the lingering question: Do I have any purpose at all?

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My friend, I cannot measure your purpose. I cannot even begin to express the enormity of the life in store for you. You cannot even dream of the plans He has for you. There is so much goodness, so much accomplishment, so much joy that your mind cannot begin to fathom it.

Guess what? You can live that life. You can discover your true purpose, behold the unbelievable plan He has for you. You don’t have to try to meet society’s impossible expectations. You don’t have to sacrifice all that you are, strip away your identity and your true beauty, in order to be another face in a crowd. You don’t have to wear a fake smile.

Instead, you can trade it for a real one.

You are good enough. Darling, you are more than simply “good enough.” Why? Because you have been created by the Creator of every ounce of beauty, of magnificence, of brilliance, in the entire universe. You have been created by the Creator of the mountains, of the sky, of the ground, of every living thing and every mystery even science has yet to understand. You have been created by the hands which cradle the stars, the hands which bled for you.

The face you see when you look in the mirror? The face behind layers of makeup you may hide it behind? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that face. There is nothing wrong with those features, no matter what the world tells you. There is a reason behind everything God does, and God does not make mistakes.

This is what makes you beautiful. Society has such a twisted definition of “beautiful,” and you are not to believe it. Beautiful is not just a word, not a social label. Beautiful is what we all are, beneath our masks. Beautiful is you. Beautiful is what society calls your “flaws.” Beautiful is the face you should have no shame to hide.

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You know, people like to tap you on the shoulder and brightly reassure you, “How you look on the outside doesn’t matter! The inside is what’s truly beautiful!”

Only the outside actually does matter, just not how society claims it should. It matters because God created your outside to appear exactly the way it does. Please, do not believe you are “ugly.” Don’t even joke about it. You are unique, sculpted by the King to be just who you are.

However, the inside is what matters most. It takes a beautiful person on the inside to recognize that they are a beautiful person on the outside, and not just that but why they are a beautiful person on the outside. A beautiful person on the inside is a person who has given their life to Jesus, a person who has sacrificed their fleshly desires to live the spectacular life in store for them. A heart that has been given to Jesus transforms you from the inside out, leading you to live that life. 

Yes, Jesus does tell us over and over that there will be suffering involved in this life. There will be sacrifice. There will be pain. Despite this, Jesus promises that He will never leave us. His joy, His peace, and His love are always right there beside us, even in the worst of tribulation. This tribulation is not eternal, but will someday end, and when it does there will be an ultimate reward in store for us.

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You, my sister, are beautiful. You are loved. You have a purpose.

You are not alone, and you are worth it.

Please, do not believe the lies pressured upon you. Instead, turn to your Savior. His arms are always open for you. You don’t have to be “good enough,” because you are so much more than that.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:1-2

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