You know, when I first came to the Lord, I’d been raised with faith and explored a lot of different faiths. But when I first came to know the Lord, I actually came to know a holy, separated, perfect God, a Savior, a provider. Every aspect of His nature, except one that was most critical: the love of the Father. And see God doesn’t just have an expression of love; He is love.
And I remember the moment I encountered that. It was honestly when I had my first daughter. In that moment, I remember people thinking, oh, he’s so emotional about his daughter. And I was, but I was actually having a revelation of who the Father was and how much love He had for me. I didn’t know that God loved. I knew what He could do and provide, that He was perfect and holy and powerful and separated, and He was my way into eternity. I missed out on the biggest truth is, He is love. And understanding the love, the true love of the Father.
See, love can be perverted by thinking acceptance is love. Acceptance is something that we do to affirm someone’s actions. Love doesn’t get dictated by actions. Love penetrates to the truth of identity and who you are, and God loves without need of action. He loves perfectly and pure. So I want you right now to do something with me. I just want you to close your eyes. I want you to let yourself become aware of the Father. Not God the Savior, the provider, not the holy separated God, but the Father. And I want you to hear these words, as I say them, and I want you to hear them from the Father, “I love you. You’re loved. Nothing you can do will separate you from My love.” And I want you to just take a moment and tell yourself, “I’m loved.” Just repeat those words. “God, I’m loved. You love me. My Father in heaven loves me.”
I want you to do this over the next week. I’m going to challenge you. Look in the mirror every day. And I want you to say two things: “God, you love me unconditionally.” And then this one, which is just as important: “I love myself unconditionally,” because love itself is unconditional. I just want to bless you in that. Be filled with God’s love, be filled with the truth of who you are, and know that nothing you can do can ever separate you from His love. God bless you.
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