Recently, I picked up a book entitled “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst, a book I simply could not put down until completed. Here is a link to the book.
In the book, the author discusses various topics women face such as fears of rejection and failure but she also talks about love.
As women we all want to love and be loved. But, after reading this book, I realized perhaps we are, like the country song says, “looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Sustaining love will never be found in others approval or acceptance, in a bottle or a bar, lovers or labels, accolades or achievements or perfect conditions or circumstances. Lasting love cannot be measured by the number on the scale or the number of likes on social media. It cannot be bought, traded or bartered for.
Genuine love begins with God, is placed within the woman, is excavated by Christ and cultivated daily through grace.
Col 3:14 tells us that “And above all these things, put on love.” Why? Because when we are wearing love, and are “rooted and grounded in love.” (Eph 3:17) we are then equipped to handle life’s storms and disappointments. We don’t fall apart when lovers leave, friends walk away, failures haunt us and labels fade.
We are loved by a Father who doesn’t make His love circumstantial, has no weight requirements, demands no achievements be made or accolades be won, finds us gorgeous when we are made up and stunning when the makeup comes off. He loves us when we don’t feel loveworthy or when others treat us as unloveable.
My encouragement for you today is that you step into His love. Breathe it in, luxuriate in it, and simply accept it. We sing a song at my church that says “Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never walks out on me.” That is the love that will sustain you through sleepless nights, lonely days and discouraging times. Embrace the love and embrace Him. Then simply be yourself knowing you are loved and loveworthy.