“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 NKJV
I am a people pleaser…it has been my downfall at times. But, it can also be one of those weaknesses that turns me back towards Jesus. Usually it is when I have exhausted all of my energy trying to make everyone happy. I hear Him tell me to come and find my rest in Him. I am His beloved.
“I am my beloved’s And my beloved is mine.” Song of Songs 6:3 NKJV
I can find rest in knowing that He loves me unconditionally. He offers a gift that is free. And so many times I want to make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just as Courtney talked about in her post last Thursday, I need to stop, slow down and enjoy being with my Jesus. To soak up His presence. I am blown away to think that He enjoys being with me.
I read this the other day from Ann Voskamp and it really spoke to my heart… “And Lord, we can feel it, You gently smoothing out the tension lines and undoing our knots with that whisper: “I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name. I’m the One who named You! So when You call us ‘Beloved, we turn and answer to our truest name and believe the Namer of the stars has named You His…”You are Mine.” The God who made, named and numbers the stars, names you and pays attention to you and what matters to you, matters into Him and that is what changes your life, what renames you…Wanted. Beloved. Held.”
Dear Father, thank You for loving me enough to die for my sins. Help me to love others with the same extravagant love that You have shown me. Amen.
“Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm, For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.” Song of Songs 8:7 NKJV