We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 NIV
For so many years even into my adulthood I went without feeling loved for who I am. It began in my childhood. Did my parents tell me they loved me. Yes they did. But the abuse that I suffered at my father’s hand only led me to believe that he lied. Then I married an abusive man who rarely told me he loved me, but frequently abused me. So on into my adulthood I lived with the belief that I was unlovable.
This has seriously skewed my belief and understanding of the love my Father God has for me. I know it in my head, but it is taking a long journey down a broken road that leads to the depths of my heart.
So much of my work has been to study God’s love for me lately. Just soak myself in it. Read about it, memorize scripture, and sing songs about it.
All of this has been a part of God’s restoration process in my life. The process of making my heart healthy and whole again.
I find that I adore the relationships that my husband has with our four daughters. Each one knows they are loved deeply by him. I thank God for that gift because they will grow knowing how deep the love of God is for each of them.
Do you know how much God the Father loves you?
So much that he sacrificed His own Son to save you so He could have you for Himself: fully knowing your every fault past, present, and future.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NIV
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