Year: 2020

We were given two greatest commandments:

1. To love the Lord, with all our hearts, souls, mind and strength
2. To love each other as we love ourselves

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30‭-‬31)

I was thinking alot about this today. What does this mean? What are God’s expectations of us in this regard? How does this fit in with the original 10 commandments given to the Isrealites when Moses came down from the mountain?

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength

We are made of body, soul and spirit.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)

Our bodies are physical, it is the vessel that connects us to expressing ourselves to the world. Our soul is what connects us with our mind, our emotions, our feelings towards each other, human connections in the world. Our soul and body is what the enemy wants to take control of. Our spirit is what connects us to God, our Spirit is our inner most being. Our spirit is what needs to be connected with the Holy Spirit. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we receive His Holy Spirit that comes to live in us, in our spirit.

When we become children of God, the Holy Spirit then guides our path, helps us to recognize right from wrong, God uses His spirit to speak to us. When we live by the Spirit we have a natural longing to take care of our body and soul, but these are the two areas that can still receive the strongest attack and we need to be aware of this. We need to assess if we are living in Spirit, if we are, there will be no division in our body and soul from our spirit.

We will be free to love the Lord with all our body, mind soul and hearts. We will love Him with every part of our being and want to honor Him in every part of our being too. Automatically out of the respect and love we have for Him, it will be automatic that we would want to live in complete obedience to Him.

2. Love your neighbor as yourself

When we are living in the Spirit this is less complicated than it seems.

We want to protect ourselves right? So if we love ourselves enough to protect ourselves, then we can protect our neighbor too in order to love them.

We want to be happy / joyful right? So if we love ourselves enough to strive for happiness then we can bring joy to others in order to love them.

We want to live in peace right? So if we love ourselves enough to want there to be peace in our lives, then we can bring peace to others to show love to them.

We want to be comforted during hard times right? So if we love ourselves enough to do things that comfort us, then we can bring comfort to others going through a difficult time to show love to them.

God has shown us grace and mercy, let’s be better at showing each other the same grace and mercy.

This is also why it is so important to know our Identity in Christ and learn to love ourselves, as then we are able to love others freely.

Lets together be on a mission to do better, to be better and to love wholeheartedly. It’s God’s greatest commandment to us.

Be blessed my dear friends.
Lots of Love
Di

Every knock we take in life tears our self esteem down little by little, causing us to slip deeper and deeper into a depressive and state of low self esteem. It’s important that we work daily on self love and improving our self esteem. I thought I’d share 3 things with you that helped me to achieve growth in this area.

1. Affirmations

It’s important to be saying good things to ourselves. The more we say it, the more we believe it. I found various positive affirmations online to replace all the negative things I say to myself when I look in the mirror.

Instead of “I am.. Not good at anything” or “I am a failure” say “I am successful” or “I have achieved alot in my life”. Replace what you say after “I am..” with something positive.

2. Serve someone

This was a big one for my self esteem. I found that when I took the focus off of myself and onto someone else, I felt better about myself too. I felt like I was serving a purpose, which gave my self esteem a nice boost.

Look for opportunities every day to do something selfless for someone else. If you are not in a financial position to help someone in need, that’s OK, it doesn’t have to cost money. Kindness is free. A smile, a hug, a compliment, a prayer is all an act of kindness too and doesn’t even take 5 minutes of your time.

3. Lose Toxic People

Surrounding ourselves with negative people, will only push us further into a negative state and further into depression as we hear only negative talk about and around us. It’s important to surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself.

That doesn’t mean you need to be rude about it, you can just slowly move towards inviting more positive people to spend your time with. Pray for those who are negatively speaking of you.

Rebuilding your self esteem is a work in progress and won’t happen overnight, but everyday you choose to work on it is a day closer to feeling whole again.

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God bless

Lots of love

Di

When you think of the word “love” what does it mean to you? There are all different kinds of love all around us and many different ways to express love too. We love our families, we love our children, we love our spouses, we love our friends, and we also love food. Hopefully, we love ourselves too. There is only one perfect love though, and that is the love of God.

THE DEFINITION OF LOVE IN THE BIBLE

If we look at the dictionary, we find a definition of love. It describes love as an intense feeling of deep affection. What does the Bible say love is? We find a solid explanation of what perfect love is.

“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, and 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.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NIV

So if we look at this list of what perfect love is and we look at this verse, we find that perfect love is God, and what is listed in Corinthians 13 is exactly how God loves us as His children.

He loves us intensely, deeply and perfectly.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 John 4:16 NIV

As a little girl, I was always dreaming of falling in love one day, and having a perfect fairy tale love. Truth is, that was what the world placed on my heart, and it caused disappointment for me as my expectations of humans to love me perfectly went unmet. This is what I am so grateful for, is that I did receive my perfect fairy tale love, but just not in the way I expected it. I received it through the intense depth of God’s love, which is better than any other love I could hope for.
The love we receive from God is like no other we will ever find on earth, we will always be completely overwhelmed by how deeply He loves us.

GOD’S LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL, IT’S FREE

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:16-17 NIV

I think this verse speaks for itself, “for God so loved the world that He GAVE His one and only son”. Although it was a huge cost to Him, he freely did it to save us because He loves us.

“Yet, Christ paid the full price to set us free from the curse of the law. He absorbed it completely as he became a curse in our place. For it is written: “Everyone who is hung upon a tree is doubly cursed.”
Galatians 3:13 TPT

He paid the price for us, and therefore we don’t need to do anything in order to receive His love and nothing can separate us from it either.

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35-39 NLT

He made us to love us. We can never do anything to earn or deserve it; there is no price on it. We don’t need to prove anything to God for him to love us. No good deed can give us more of His love and no bad deed can take it away. He loves us even if we’re bad at loving him back. The debt had already been paid on the cross. His love is unconditional.

GOD’S LOVE IS A REDEEMING LOVE

We don’t feel or live in His love because we get hurt along our journey through this life. We get hurt through broken relationships, our own failures, our fears, our sin and our insecurities. These put chains around us and cause a hindrance to us experiencing the love of God.

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
1 John 4:9-10 NLT

God loves us so much that He wants to see us free from this hurt and pain, from sin, He wants us to break these chains so He can freely love us and for us to experience his love for us. This is why He sent His Son to die on a cross for us, to save us from our ways and make a way for us to experience Him in all His fullness.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NIV

Sometimes even though we have already turned to Him, we don’t experience the fullness of His love because we limit our perception of just how much saving He did in our lives.

“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Isaiah 44:22 NIV

To live in the fullness of God’s love, we need to understand that because of His love, we have been redeemed. We are no longer the same; we are no longer dead but alive in Christ. His love is a redeeming love.

GOD’S LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

Fear is unhealthy and it is a lie. I have so often found myself living in fear over many things. I feared losing the people I care about, fearing failure was a big one for me, I feared setbacks in life, and the list goes on.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18 NIV

When we live in fear, we are not living in the fullness of God’s perfect love. This is when we need to seek Him, and allow Him to wrap His loving arms around us and comfort us in this place.

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
Psalms 147:11 NIV

The only healthy form of fear is the fear of letting God down or not being close to Him. He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love. Let’s put our hope in Him today, because we have Him we have no reason to fear.

GOD’S LOVE IS EVERLASTING

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 NIV

One thing that really comforts me is that God is eternal. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We get to share eternal life with Him, if we believe in Him. God’s love is also eternal, it’s everlasting. If there is nothing we can do to take it away, then there is no end to His love either.

“But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
Psalms 86:15 NLT

People have come and gone in my life, friends who have promised to love me deeply, but that love faded at the first sign of trouble. I was left devastated and hurt, crying myself to sleep over it. I found myself so disappointed and not believing I was lovable, or that there was no such as thing as perfect love, whether it be between friends, family or a partner. This weakness was made perfect when I experienced the everlasting love of God. God is perfect and though people in this world may fail us, His love never fails us. He is faithful and full of compassion and mercy for His children. There is so much evidence of this in the Bible and through the many stories of how He has restored, healed, loved, saved and forgiven. These are stories that were documented, if we look around us there are even more stories that continue still today in the lives of all the people around us. He still continues to show His love today and will forevermore in generations to come and in our eternal life with Him.

GOD’S LOVE CHANGES US

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT

From the moment we enter into relationship with God, he starts breaking chains and reshaping us. He picks up all our pieces and puts us back together again. We may come to Him broken but He loves us enough not to leave us the same. Our lives have now entered into the Potters hand and He begins His work remoulding us into an even more beautiful piece of art.

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV

As we get deeper in our relationship with Him we start to realize more of His perfect everlasting love for us. We start to re-evaluate how we spend our time and our priorities change. We realize our identity and start to love ourselves more knowing that we were created perfectly in His image. We start to feel compassion for others because of the compassion and mercy he has shown us. We find it easier to forgive others, showing them the same grace He has shown in forgiving us. Experiencing the love of God causes an outpouring of His love to others. Our faith grows stronger, our love grows deeper.

“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
John 14:26 NLT

He gives us his Holy Spirit to gently guide us, teach us right from wrong, to comfort us in times of struggle or sorrow, to give us His joy and peace that surpasses all understanding.

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
Zephaniah 3:17 NLT

Seek Him, spend time in His presence and let His goodness overwhelm you. He delights in you. Let His perfect, redeeming, unconditional, everlasting love wash over you and change you forever.

Much Love

Di