I pray your week is going well. I have not posted a blog in a while, but I felt led to share something with you that I have been getting from my time of reading and devotion. First, I hope you have been tuning into this month series every Monday on Friendship. I made a post on what are some important topics that women need motivation, encouragement, or direction on and friendship was one. I have talked about Trust and Reconciliation and Forgiveness.
The topic that I want to talk with you about today is receiving Love.
1 John 4:1-12
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
There have been times in my life when receiving love has been difficult. When you experience betrayal, disappointment, or hurt of any kind, your heart grows a little callused if you don't acknowledge how you truly feel. You can't gloss over the pain, but you have to allow God to help you heal despite the pain.
However, more importantly, you must understand that when you find yourself unable to receive love from others, check to see if you are truly receiving and embracing the Love of God. When you have fully embraced God's love for you, it gives you the ability to love and receive love from others.
I wonder how many amazing women are only receive part of God's love for various reasons: doubt, misunderstanding of difficulties or challenges, disappointment, and hurt. Then, due to accepting the partial love of God, it is difficult to accept genuine love from others. There's a feeling that you have to watch your own back. You have to question your friendships and even relationships. When people say nice things, you wonder if they are being honest but talking about you later.
I did a self-inventory after learning that having a hard time receiving love from others is a result of having difficulty receiving love from God. I asked Holy Spirit, "What is the reason why I am having difficulty receiving the fullness of God's love?" And he revealed to me the very thing. It blew my mind.--- It was that somethings that I had been praying for that have not manifested in my life yet, causes me to question if God loves me enough to do it. I believe he can because I know he has done it for others, but I question if he will do it for me.
When Holy Spirit revealed that to me, I started praying and asking God to help me: to receive all of his love and to know that he does love me enough to do the seemingly impossible in my life. Then, I prayed that he would help me to receive love from others without fear or doubt of its authenticity.
I am not sure if your reason for not receiving all of God's love is similar to mine or not, but I want to encourage you to ask God if you realize that you have a difficult time receiving love from others. Maybe something has happened and you wonder why you had to endure that thing, so you question God's love for you. Maybe you are in a difficult season in your life, but you always try to do right by others so it's confusing. Maybe you are looking for God to release something that has been promised to you and confirmed by others.
I want to tell you, it was so freeing when I did this. God is not like man, he will not disappoint you and he loves you unconditionally. If you can receive his love that you're beautiful, you're intelligent, you're chosen, you're growing, and his plan for your life if amazing, you will be able to receive love from friends, family, and others which helps you as your journey through this life.
God, I have come to the realization that it is hard for me to receive love from others at times, and now I understand that it maybe because I am not fully embracing your love. Lord reveal to me what has caused me to question your love for me in my heart, which is deeper than just knowing the Word says that you love me. Lord show me, so I can be free to receive love from you and from others. Lord help me to trust you and others so relationships can blossom into something that is beautiful. In Jesus Name Amen!