When we forget we are loved

So many things go wrong when we forget we are loved.

We cower and cringe.

We rage and ridicule.

We curl up and hide.

“Well-formed love banishes fear.”

Being loved is the truest thing about us. When we forget that, we lose our center.

On any given day, we are tempted or tricked into believing that some other reality is more true than being loved.

We are told that we are only good for what we can give.

We are told that we are only valued for what we can buy.

We become convinced that our sin or our addictions are what is most true about us.

We believe that our value comes from our performance.

We think that ___________ is what is really true about us (you fill in the blank).

But it isn’t.  What is truly true, what is really real, is that you and I are loved by an eternal, self-sacrificing, faithful God. And this God perfectly expressed his love to us in Jesus, the one who entered our mess, redefined our center, and banished fear with his perfect love.

We are loved. This is what is true.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. (1 John 4:17-18 The Message)

How does being loved shape how we react when others seem to threaten us?

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