A Loving Reminder

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Usually I just scroll by or hit the delete tab, but this time I didn’t. Maybe the picture of an international city on my bucket list to visit or the tag line appealing to my growth mindset were the draws. Regardless, I clicked on the embedded video link in this email from the advertiser that I’d still not yet ‘unsubscribed.’

You know you are loved, she says, this beautiful woman gowned in a dress that flows gracefully to the top of her knees, and wearing such high-heeled shoes that I wonder if she practices walking on stage prior to addressing the few hundred woman that attend her conferences.

The camera spans across the women at white-clothed tables, women eager to better themselves and their businesses, of different nationalities and faith.

Her bracelets dangle as she sweeps her arms up and around as if to embrace someone. You are absolutely loved and it is from knowing that love, that you can give your best to the world, she continues.

And I’m first convicted as I’d judged this woman, thinking she might be too secular for me to engage. Yet, she’s got it. Instead of telling these women that they need to love themselves first, a popular view point to achieve dreams, she declares they are loved.

Something I so needed reminding.

As it is first in the knowing that we are loved before we can love ourselves and serve others.

We, though, are going to love—love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first.1 John 4:19

When we know that God is love, accept that we are made in His image, and that He loves us we naturally then fall into loving ourselves.

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And with this understanding of how much we are loved, we can follow His second commandment of loving others as ourselves.

 The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:31

And it is then, with this knowledge of knowing we are loved beyond measure that we can forgive our trespasses and those that trespass against us.

 Treat them like native-born Israelites, and love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners living in the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:34

 “You are not to seek vengeance or hold a grudge against the descendants of your people. Instead, love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” Leviticus 9:18

Simply put, the scriptures teach us that if we do not know God’s love for us, we cannot  love ourselves as God loves us and thus, cannot love others and forgive others as God calls us to love and forgive.

If we do disobey, He calls us not condemnation as that will only lead us to not love ourselves and to not love others as He shows us.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2

Thankfully, He’s lovingly given us the Holy Spirit to convict us so we are aware of our sin but are never to condemn. Instead correction is His way to turn us back to the knowing of His love for us.

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So my beloveds,

1.Know you are loved first

2.then you naturally love yourself (and not be in condemnation)

3. and love (and serve and forgive) others as yourself.

Without number 1 and 2,  3 cannot be.  Being your best for yourself and others always starts with the knowing of how much He loves you.

You are loved

 

 

 

25 thoughts on “A Loving Reminder

  1. Hi Rusty, Thank you for sharing your post. I’ll encourage readers here to check it out! I hadn’t heard of George Herbert’s poetry and blessed now to have read his words on love. It’s a poem that is really meant to savor, as you say! Beautiful!

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  2. Those Scriptures are powerful, your images sweet and lovely, your call becoming clarified. I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through you, Lynn. Please know that my prayers for you will continue … He’s got something for you to be, to do.

    Anticipating with you …

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  3. Hi Lynn,
    Lovely photos of flowers — it seems as if you’re liking your new camera?! 🙂

    I’m with you about some of those messages of love – -how to feel love, show love, etc., when just as you write, the best way to show love is to know that you’re loved by God. It’s hard to show anything – -grace, mercy, love — when we don’t feel or know that we’ve already received it ourselves from God! There’s a lot wrapped up in those words and I’m so grateful for the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us understand it, know it and live it! xoxo

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    1. Yes, Valerie I am liking my new camera and looking forward to diving into a complete photo holiday, which I will do in April in Orlando and St. Augustine! Yes, the Holy Spirit is a gift, and the great part too, is like a friend that always gives us the loving truth, and will never, ever walk away.

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  4. This post is powerful, Lynn.
    1.Know you are loved first
    2.then you naturally love yourself (and not be in condemnation)
    3. and love (and serve and forgive) others as yourself.
    So very true. I have to remind myself of it so often that I am loved. I am so quick on self-criticism, and God reminds me of Romans 8:1 so often. Yes! His love comes first! When we take that to heart, the love to others will flow more naturally. 🙂 God bless you! Hugs!

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    1. Thankfully He has a way to keep lovingly reminding us that we are loved! I often wonder why would I want to feel condemnation or lack? It’s so much better to feel love and be working from love! Yet, like you, still fall into the criticism sometimes. Great verse that God reminds you of Trudy. It’s often when I’m writing is when I’m reminded, yet know He wants me to remember this every moment. Hugs back!

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  5. Hi Lynn! It’s like you are over here with me! I am writing a talk about grace, and in it I say that you have to love yourself/practice self-care before you can love anyone else. You put knowing that God loves you before self-care, and I can see why. We can’t do anything we haven’t already experienced or learned. So how can we love ourselves if we don’t know how valuable we are? If God loves us, that makes us priceless.
    Great post, I really enjoyed it,
    Ceil

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    1. Yes, that does make us priceless. I love those words Ceil. And that we are led to write about His loves just shows how much He wants us to get that message. A good Father doesn’t want to see His sons/daughters to suffer believing they are not loved, and wanted but yet we can do this to ourselves! Self-care is another way we show how much He loves us. Look forward to reading your post on this!

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  6. Great stuff! So often the world teaches us that we are to love ourselves first, but you hit the nail on the head in saying we can only love others if we first know Christs love. I must admit I get a bit worried when I hear any Christian saying we need to love ourselves as I do think that we all do love ourselves anyway, as we are naturally selfish, but I guess that it’s knowing who we are in Christ means that we can do it in the right way. (Not selfishly) You have really made me think about that verse.

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  7. You are so right, my dear Canadian friend! Those are the exact keys and the very ones the enemy would prefer we not discover or hang onto when he throws trash at us and we take it in! Great post and stunning photos as always!! Thanks!!!

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    1. Yes, the are keys freely given to us! I hadn’t looked at it like that, but so true. Every time I look at my keys now, I will remember that I’ve got the keys to God’s love, and He to mine. Thank YOU!

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  8. Oh this is so so so good Lynn! So rich with truth and being love fuels us with His love to go on to share with others..it’s a blessed ripple effect that reaches through centuries and barriers and judgement and hate..And the greatest of all is LOVE! Just so blessed by your writing today! Thank you for this powerful post!

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  9. Not sure if my comment went through..something went funky when I clicked…such a powerful post!!! So beautifully written and filled with such divine truth — we’re loved! What more can we ask for? If only everyone knew this truth the world would be filled with LOVE!

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  10. Lynn, so much truth in this post! When we KNOW, when we truly believe we are loved by God, we are freed from so much…We can walk in freedom, not constrained by others’ expectations (or our own), judgments, or beliefs about us. And, as you so beautifully shared, we are freed to love others the way Jesus does. I loved this reminder. It’s something God’s been walking me through in recent months as well.

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  11. How can we love if we don’t know who Love is and know that we are loved by Him
    This absolutely got me….
    ‘And it is then, with this knowledge of knowing we are loved beyond measure that we can forgive our trespasses and those that trespass against us.’
    Thanks for this devotional. I like the 123 quick summary
    God bless Lynn.

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  12. First we know we are loved, then we naturally love ourselves and finally we are able to love and serve others. Three steps that sounds so simple. Not so simple for me at times. I get tripped up on number one and then the others do not follow.

    Thank you for the scriptures to bring me truth and your wise words.

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    1. Yes, it can so crazy to think we are loved that much just as we are! Thankfully we have the Holy Spirit to help us on this journey in this world. Have a wonderful day Mary, knowing you are His beloved just ’cause He made you.

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  13. Appreciate this wonderful reminder, Lynn! Heard a sermon recently where the pastor spoke about fear, and how when we are fearful, we often are not grasping God’s amazing love for us. Been thinking on that a lot lately, and this ties right in. Thank you. 🙂

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