In today’s society, the prevailing notion suggests that love is synonymous with acceptance from others. However, the truth is that authentic love finds its roots in acceptance from the Father. The desire to be in God’s favor becomes pivotal in navigating a purposeful path without unnecessary delays. God’s love is unwavering; He loves us for who we are, and His love is eternal. It’s crucial to recognize that true love, the love of God, does not endorse sinful or self-destructive behaviors. Moreover, love does not shy away from correction. As indicated in scripture, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6, ESV). God’s love brings both rebuke and restoration, shaping us into the individuals He intended us to be.
As recipients of God’s love, we may also become targets for envy. Our unique purpose, recognized by those in our proximity, can lead to resentment from others. When feelings of being unloved surface from those close to us, it is essential to perceive it as their limitation rather than a reflection of our worth. Such experiences can serve as indicators of future success, signaling that we are marked by God for a special purpose beyond the understanding of carnal minds. Carnal individuals may exhibit signs of hate, envy, and jealousy. It is paramount to release them from our mental space and maintain focus on the assurance that we are unconditionally loved by God. Reflecting on the countless instances when His love has manifested in our lives strengthens our resilience and commitment to the path He has ordained for us.
In moments of doubt or when facing opposition, let us turn to the encouraging words of the Apostle Paul: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31, ESV). God’s love is our anchor, empowering us to navigate life’s challenges with grace and assurance.