In the last article we went over three signs that might indicate that you are having trouble fully accepting God’s love into your heart.
We looked at Saul’s life and how his compulsiveness, jealousy, and insecurity showed that he had difficulties fully trusting and accepting God’s love completely.
When I was reading this scripture I began to think to myself, “God must feel like this every single day. He showers us daily with blessings yet we still doubt His love for us, we still worry about everything under the sun, and we still search for other things to satisfy our deep, quenching thirst for His love.
Thank goodness that God is patient with us and so loving that He will continue to work on us till the day He calls us home.
So what practical steps can we take to transform our hearts where we begin to actually believe that God loves us?
Especially after we’ve been hurt so much by people’s sinful actions that we feel like we can no longer trust anyone, be loved by anyone, or can depend on anyone.
I believe the key to this is to recognize how you think about yourself, talk to yourself, and treat yourself.
Have you ever noticed that what you think about yourself, how you talk to yourself, and how you treat yourself dictates how you feel about yourself?
Not only that but those thoughts then carry over into actions, which set yourself up to reinforce those thoughts and feelings. If you think that you are unlovable chances are that you will do stuff that makes you even more unlovable to others.
If you feel that you can’t trust yourself or trust others then you find yourself avoiding circumstances, people, or challenges that might otherwise help you grow more as a person making you lose even more trust in yourself and others.
How you think of yourself dictates everything in your life. I personally think the reason that makes it so hard to believe that we are loved by God is because of people’s failures in our life growing up.
If you came from a broken home such as divorce, if you had an abusive childhood, if your father was always away and never spent time with you, its likely that you began to believe that you were not loved.
The logic of this thinking derives because its easier for us to believe the lie that it had something to do with ourselves, not others. Why? Because if something is wrong with us then we can change..it gives us a false sense of control.
Unfortunately, this is misguided thinking. For one, there is nothing wrong with you in the eyes of the Lord. Jesus Christ died for you and his incredible sacrifice demonstrates just how much you are loved and forever will be.
So basically, you were always loved by God no matter what happened in your life and that will never change that fact.
The other problem with this misguided thinking is that its easier to think that something is wrong with me instead of maybe thinking someone else simply made a choice to do whatever it is they did that hurt you or made you feel that way.
We can’t control what people do or say to us, people are sinful and even the best christian parents, family, and friends will make mistakes and hurt us.
However, that doesn’t change who you are, it doesn’t define you, you are defined by God and nothing else. Once you begin to truly accept that in your heart, you will begin to fully accept God’s amazing love for you.
Do you struggle with fully accepting God’s love? Let me know your thoughts below.