Reflecting on the ocean and this picture capturing it well; how the water surrounds, covers, encases and invades an endless space. And my son feeling its invasion, arms lifted up expressing freedom, experiencing the vastness of His love. Isn’t that how God is? Nature always speaking God’s heart to us. Just another creative way the Creator reveals. God giving a picturesque glimpse, the treasure of surrounding his beloved children with his endless, unconditional love.
Pondering also that as human beings we are incapable of real love without first acknowledging that authentic love is and originates from God. And if we don’t or can’t acknowledge our feelings or accept something about ourselves, it’s likely a symptom that deep down we don’t love ourselves.
You see we’re incapable of receiving much less giving love without really knowing the source of love.
But let’s not get stuck here instead allow a deeper discovery: embracing you are incapable of truly loving yourself without fully understanding how much God really loves and accepts you as you are. And if you don’t love yourself as God loves and accepts you, you’ll never feel completely at peace with God, yourself, the world and people around you. You’ll always find something to complain about, and the people in your life will always seem to be less than perfect because you think you’re less than perfect. And reality is, you are less than perfect apart from Christ.
Truth is the love of God as expressed and modeled in Christ makes it possible for us to love ourselves and others. Love never fails. And if you embrace HIM you will be made perfect, infusing a new narrative and perspective, become a new creation empowered to love not only yourself but others well.
We love because He (God) first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person ~ though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die ~ but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13