→ 16 Oct 12 at 3 am
John 16, ESV
John 16, ESV
Donald Miller (via thisisyourmaverick)
C. S. Lewis (via favoredgrace)
“7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
16 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.17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.18 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.
19 We love because he first loved us.20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
-1 John 4:7-21, NIV
Hmm… I just realized that I am so spoiled.
I have those parents that have trouble saying, “no” even when it is pretty, absolutely necessary. And to think, my parents have just been recently been saying, “no” to things, but just tiny things here and there, and that already turns me for a loop!
But really, I have so many clothes.
And people always tell me that I do.
Especially when they see my room.
And all of my clothes. Everywhere.
In general, all of my stuff is everywhere.
Because I have so much stuff.
Because my parents have been spoiling me :(
But it’s because they love me so much.
And I am not trying to brag or anything, in all honesty.
I just don’t think I’ve ever realized…
That maybe working and giving is their, my parents’, love language.
Because working and giving, they do that a lot. And in really thinking about it, I see how much they love me and just want me to be happy.
I kind of can barely believe doubting that my parents care for me and doubting actually liking them. And I especially can barely believe that I still go shopping. And that my parents can still be happy for me whenever I find something cute and am really happy about it.
I think that I have been letting the enemy gain a better grip on the foothold he’s put on my heart, because I expect my parents to show their love in this way or that. But love languages, God, You are teaching me so much more about that, thank You so much.
My goodness gracious, my parents love me. Thank You, God. For showing me that and for blessing me with them. In asking You to open my eyes and undeafen my ears, to soften my heart, You’ve exposed to me the things that need to go, the things I need to do. And You have shown me how much bitterness I have towards my parents, how much I need to forgive and lovelovelove. But You knew what needed to be done in order for that to happen. You’re continuing to humble me and for taking that much care, I am so grateful. I hope that the way I live my life shows You that. I hope that through being able to see my parents’ love for me, sincere, earnest, love, love that looks more like Yours will be able to freely overflow from within me, from You within me, with no more holding back of my flesh. Because no matter how much I don’t think my parents deserve my love sometimes, which is an outrageous thought to begin with, oh, how the enemy can blind!, I don’t deserve love either. But You give me so, so much. And it’s not my love I’m denying them, because nothing is mine, and You are all things Good. You are Love. And denying them respect, obedience, love, kind words, kind gestures, that is denying them You. And I have no right to do that, to anyone, ever. And I am sorry for ever letting myself think that I ever did.
Thank You that You’ve already Forgiven me, God. I love You zozo much! In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray, Amen!
Verse of the Day: Ecclesiastes 4:10 (via if-god-had-a-tumblr)
Francis Chan (via iammeanttolive)
“Radical” by David Platt (via breanna-lynn)