Tuesday, 30 April 2013
We are doing a series on the book ‘The Emotionally Healthy Church’ at re:generation church at the moment. Over the past weeks since starting the series, the talks on a Sunday and also the Life Skills sessions have just been exceptional- challenging and enlightening. God has really been moving and one of the areas that He has been touching on in my life is my relationship (or lack thereof) with my dad. A deeply painful topic, but one that God has used to really refine me recently. God has also been showing me that 1) He (God) always has and always will be there for me, even if my earthly father hasn’t/isn’t, and 2) that if I really understood how much God loves me and how much He loves other people, I would place a lot more value on myself and on others!
I read this post by Joyce Meyer and it really encapsulated what God has been sharing with me recently. I hope you are challenged by it to step out in faith and out of your comfort zone!
by Joyce Meyer - posted April 30, 2013
Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child]. —Psalm 27:10
Today’s scripture has been particularly meaningful and encouraging to me over the course of my life.
I was abused as a child. During my childhood, my mother was deeply afraid of my father, so she was unable to rescue me from the various kinds of abuse he perpetrated against me. I felt very alone, forgotten and abandoned. I have come to understand that multitudes of people that we encounter daily are just trying to survive until someone rescues them—and that someone could be you or me.
The Bible says that in God’s love, “He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). He planned for us to be adopted as His own children. These beautiful words brought a great deal of healing to my wounded soul. God adopts the forsaken and the lonely, and He lifts them up and gives them value.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta felt that each person she met was “Jesus in disguise.” Just try to imagine how much differently we would treat people if we thought of them as she did. She realized that God loves everyone as His own sons and daughters. If someone insulted, slighted, ignored or devalued one of my children, I would take it as a personal insult, so why is it so hard to understand that God feels the same way when one of His children is mistreated? You and I belong to Him, so we need to love ourselves appropriately and treat ourselves well. We also need to treat others as part of God’s family and do what we can to build them up and add value to their lives.
Love God Today: Always be on the lookout for Jesus in disguise.
From the book Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer.