Why Do We Have to Love People?

It is easy to love God. He made us lovingly and purposefully and has shown us love ever since. His wisdom and power is amazing, so worshipping Him is easy. Loving God is so easy because He loves us and is perfect.

But God commanded us to not only love Him but also love people. People, who are selfish and mean and flawed and unforgiving and aggressive (passively or actively) and rude and lazy and judgmental, etc. Why do we have to love them. What is there to love? They hurt us. They don’t deserve our love, right?

Exactly. They are us. God chose to love us while we were not worthy of love. How quickly we forget. It was God’s love that transformed us into someone loveable. So it is our love from God that may bring them to God their Creator who choses to love them also. We are no better than they are and we can see better how great God’s love is to love us ugly and transform us to beauty. Praise God!πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Shaking a Fist at God

This imagery has been brought into my head lately. Whenever we insist on doing what we want- and for years as an addict I did this so I speak from experience- we are pridefully shaking our fist at God. We are saying we want what we want and don’t want to hear what our loving Creator wants from or for us. We are praying our will be done rather than God’s will be done. We are screaming that we know better than almighty God, who made us.

God brought me, loved me, into recovery, into humble submission to His plan. Jesus bought with His own blood and cleaned me up inside and out. I am not who I was and I am free now and joyful, I have peace. All this because I have accepted His plan for me and humbled myself to accept love and grace. It is so very beautiful! I am so thankful! Praise God!πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Weirdo

I am a weirdo. I embrace it. I love it. I admire myself for being my authentic, God-created-different-self and maybe that makes me even weirder. I am secure in my Maker which makes me secure in me. That has always made me weird. And even weirder is that my main spiritual gift is faith in God so I have a fearlessness (I only fear God) I rarely see in others and a sense of security I also rarely see. None of this is to brag but to show how weird I am.

People try to reassure me I am normal but the weirdness of me does not want to be normal. I am good with hoe God made me. I embrace it because I embrace Him. I am good with different. Moreso, I am a stranger and alien because of belonging to Christ and a resident of heaven. Also, I am very cool with weird and different. And I, though a girl, was born a leader. Also weird. Also embraced.

God deserves my thankfulness at how He made me more than He wants me to not want to be how He made me and try to be like other people He made to be different in some way. Conformity is a slap in His face, a shaking the fist at Him. No, I embrace weird. I am happy to be who God wants and made me to be. And I particularly love other peoples’ God-designed weird. Is good. It celebrates God’s creative greatness.πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Bible

God has a certain way that He made things. He had a plan before He spoke anything into existence. He can do that as He is the Creator. He can do whatever He wants, but chooses to follow a plan. Then, to be amazingly generous, He wrote that plan down in the Bible. It is not a mystery (except His amazing love and His Being). It is all written down in the Bible. Right there. You can read an actual Bible or get an app for your phone. It is all there. We just need to read the Bible and pray and we will know His plan. Then we can follow His plan. And voila, we are the light and salt of the world and have an amazing relationship with our Creator God!!πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ