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  • Let’s just say there was a doctor who specialized in how much of God’s love you are able to utilize (experience in a healthy way)…kind of like finding out how much vitamin B is in your system.

    You get to the doctor and of course he or she has some questions for you. This is a creative way for you to take some time for reflection about how you interact/experience the reality of God’s love in your life. So sit and ask yourself the following questions and take time to allow the honest answer to rise to the forefront. Don’t be afraid – this is how we get real with ourselves and God and it will help.

    1. When did you first hear about God loving you? Who did you hear it from? Was it taught with words or was it just something you were supposed to absorb without too much teaching?
    2. When you heard about His love, were there any conditions put it on it? I.e. You must be at a certain level of goodness or perform certain duties like bible reading, etc. in order to be loved?
    3. What about your childhood? How was loved expressed (or not) in your home? Were people comfortable expressing love? Did you sense that love was a good thing or would it lead to being “spoiled”?  Or was it very absent?
    4. Can you remember a time when you truly felt loved as a child? Go back to that good memory and think about why you did feel loved and what it felt like.
    5. Can you remember a time when you didn’t feel loved as a child? Go back to that painful memory and ask the Spirit to show you what the message was that you took away from that.
    6. As an adult, what has been your experience (wonderful and hard) with love? Would you say that you are aware of your desire to be loved and valued? Where/with what do you tend to go to or engage with in order to gain a sense of value?
    7. What is your image of God at this present time? If you think He is loving, are there any exceptions to His character of love? Anything that would cause Him to withhold love?

    This is a big list of heart searching questions that might bring up some things that you might need to talk over with someone that you trust. You might even want to go through these questions with a spiritual director or friend.

    I’m going to give you one more question:

    1. When you make mistakes, sin or downright fail, what do you think of yourself? And what do you think God thinks of you? How easy would it be to let your mistakes be “free,” talk to God about it and let Him just gather you to Himself to carry on living in His love?

    In closing, read the following passage where Jesus likens His life and His love as a river that flows within us. Place yourself at the temple, and imagine Jesus standing up and shouting out to the crowd you are sitting in to come and drink from Him. Do you want to do it? Do you have a desire to drink such a drink that will become a river of living water inside of you?

    John 7:37-38 (The Passion Translation)

    37 Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds—“All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! 38 Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!”

    39 Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendor.

    Take time to write out your response to Jesus as you hear Him shout out to you.

    1 John 3:1

    Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children.The reason the world doesn’t recognize who we are is that they didn’t recognize him.

    Pray out of this verse. Express your desire for God to open the eyes of your heart to see the lavish love He has poured on you, making you His child. Ask Him for healing for the ways you have been hindered in knowing this. Ask Him to remove the barriers to receive it. Tell Him you want to be able to walk in this full and lavish love in your practical life.

    It doesn’t typically come all at once. It is by revelation and by having our minds renewed and by choosing to believe as we walk it out in our practical lives. May you taste God’s love this week in new and refreshing ways!

     

     

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