Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4
“I want you to live loved today,” God whispered in my ear during quiet time. His words echoed in my heart until I asked Him to show me what He meant. The Lord told me to write down what would be different in my life if I lived as though I was loved today.
I reluctantly obeyed, not wanting to face the lesson I knew He was setting before me. “I would be more joyful,” I wrote, “and feel somehow lighter. I would have more peace, more to give, and I wouldn’t have to be so in control.” The Lord revealed to me that I wasn’t living loved because I had a hard time trusting love. I desperately needed to know about His kind of love. My childhood years had left me believing the lie that I was not lovable and that I was incapable of loving anyone—to admit that I needed love was to admit weakness. I had this lie buried so deeply in me that only the truth of God’s Word could free me to live the way He desired.
Love is patient and longsuffering. God would not quit on me. He was in it with me for the long haul. Love is kind, gentle and understanding. God wouldn’t push or force me. He was not harsh or hard with me. Love does not envy, does not boast and is not proud. God would meet me right where I was; I didn’t have to be something I was not. And this is the best part for me: I didn’t have to do it on my own. I was never meant to do anything without Him! We would do it together!
God has brought me so many precious people in First Place 4 Health to be able to live loved more easily.First Place4 Health has been a safe place to grow and experience God’s unconditional, patient, kind and selfless love. This year’s Wellness Retreat was the culmination of living loved for me.
Prayer: God, thank You for people who show me Your kind of love. Thank You for living and loving me through First Place 4 Health. Help me to live loved today, so that I may be someone who can help others to live loved.
Donna Roberts, Houston, Texas