God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Augustine
This statement struck me “Loving me through…”during our morning chapel this week. I began to think and I began to recall these moments in my life of when Christ has loved me through various things I have dealt with. I know that in the midst of most of the moments I have faced, my first level of understanding is not God’s great desire to love me through them, but more my own internal battle with the particular situation surrounding me.
I know the Lord was reminding me of the process of how He wants to walk with me through each thing I face. This reality is sobering, humbling, and to be honest quite frightening as well. In all the things I think I feel about understanding this phrase “loving me through” it still doesn’t change the fact that it is God’s desire to walk with me in all my life situations. So I have been thinking about it the last couple of days and this is what I understand to be true for me. (and maybe for you)
God is, loving me through… My Pain (emotional)
I don’t always deal with pain, but there are moments when it surfaces. In fact I wasn’t really dealing with pain at all this week when this statement I am writing about hit me, it just became part of the understanding along the way. In fact I’m not sure that I was dealing with any one particular thing at the time this hit my heart. My pain, it comes and goes, it doesn’t control my life or stop me from what I am doing, but it is there and sometimes more than other times. My pain comes from the loss of my Father, a great man full of life, full of the Holy Spirit, who meant a great deal to me. In 2009 his cancer would take final toll upon his earthly body and he would go home to be with the Lord. This is an area of my life I will never get back, and there will always be a hole that he filled. I am writing today though with great humbling confidence that My God is, loving me through! In this the pain becomes a special place for me to encounter the voice of the Holy Sprit to be spoken in way that I can’t hear another way. His voice is speaking to a place that only one with pain of this style can understand, and His voice can speak to you in the same way if you are willing to allow him to Love you through your pain!
Isaiah 41:13 (ESV) – For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT) – Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
God is, loving me through… My Temptations
This particular area is God reminding me of how much he still wants me to understand his love for me even when I am weak and want my flesh to be in charge. I am human as all of you and the flesh loves to try to be in charge a lot! I believe this is part of the great battle we all face, the battle of the flesh vs. the spirit. Paul the writer of Galatians says it this way, “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” (Galatians 5:17) I think these verses sum it up pretty good, it’s a full out action movie in the battle of the two natures. But as I battle I am reminded that God isn’t trying to shove me away from him, but actually trying to draw me in closer during the times my flesh is wanting to be “The Man In Charge”. God is constantly reminding me in these moments He wants to love me through my temptations.
James 1:12a (NLT) – God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation…
God is, loving me through… My Doubts
Doubts! I know nobody ever has these, right? Well We Do. In fact we have them in all sorts of ways. I sometimes find my doubts mostly come in a form directed at myself. As I have been thinking about this concept over the last couple of days, “God loving me through”, He is in the middle of reminding me not only of how he want s to love me through any and all situations, but also how much he loves me above and beyond all situations. This reminder is energetic to the heart, it’s almost like raising the RPM level in a race car right before taking off from the starting line. When God speaks His love in me it is what I need to push me through to the next level in my life. His love reminds me of who I am! His love reinforces my gifts, calling and destiny. I know that I will face doubt and so will you, but it doesn’t have to become an obstacle it can be a launching point if we understand that God is, loving me through my doubts.
Romans 8:34-35 (NLT) – 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 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?