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Allowing God to love you

Do you exert your will over that of God's?
Do you exert your will over that of God's?
Photo: Julia Tidd

What does it mean to allow God to love you? It means to allow God into your life in such a way that all of your concerns become His and that by doing so the pressure is off you and on Him. (Zephaniah 3:17; Ephesians 3:17-19) You go to Him when things are questionable and you allow Him to guide you in the direction of purity and holiness. (Luke 22:40 & Romans 8:26) It means that you have faith that He loves you and that He wants what is best for you.

While we as Christians know that God loves us we don’t always act that way. We punish ourselves by exerting our will over His. We follow the ways of the world instead. There is a saying- The world will offer you something good in order to rob you of something great. The fast-food, get-rich-quick, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses instant gratification world we live in distracts us from the simplicity and purity of the world God gave us to begin with. We begin to see those distractions as the way we ought to live and thereby make them our God-replacements. Our reward for this is guilt and anxiety. We become anxious that we won’t bring in enough money to pay for our lifestyle. We feel guilt when we eat less than healthy or don’t get the exercise our body needs. We struggle with the realization that we don’t give the time and energy to the areas of our lives that are more important yet less demanding.

When we allow God to love us we no longer care to have more than is necessary for us to survive. Let me clarify: survival by God’s standard and not society’s. (1 John 2:15-17) When you follow society’s need to be on top of fashion trends in order to gain the respect and admiration of your peers, you have allowed your love of the world to overshadow God’s love for you. God loves you for who you are and not what you wear. Believe it or not, but so will the people who really matter in your life. God doesn’t require you to have some monstrosity with huge mortgage payments you can’t keep up with and so much space it gets filled with stuff and not love. He calls us to be financially responsible and content with what we have. (Hebrews 13:5) When we focus on God’s love for us, the rest becomes unimportant.

What’s more is that when you allow God to love you, you seek to show that love to others. God’s love is funny that way. You can’t just keep it for yourself. You must give it away. This will be done in the form of the Spirit (1 John 4:13) whose fruit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22) We no longer care to bring other people down in order to lift us up. We don’t see other people’s flaws and we don’t feel the need to compare ourselves to the standards of the earthly world. Instead, we look for the good in all. We give encouragement, help and even the shirt off our back if necessary. (Luke 3:11) In short, we treat others as God treats us.

So the question now becomes: Will you actually take the time to examine your life for the areas you struggle to keep God’s love from making the difference? Will you allow God to love you?