Think of your closest relationship in life. It may be with a spouse, a friend, a sibling etc. How important is this relationship to you? What does it mean to you? Now how much do you absolutely LOVE this person? How much do you want them to succeed in life? Take your “want” for them and multiply it by infinity. The resulting number doesn’t even come close to the love the Lord has for you and the success He desires you to obtain.
Our Lord thinks you are pretty awesome. He wants to spend time with you, getting to know all of your favorite things. He thinks only good things of you! I think we can all agree that God is SO good. He is gracious and loving and all together wonderful. He took us from our brokenness and sin, and brought us into a relationship with Him. I am so thankful to be in communion with a God that gives life and whose only intentions and thoughts towards us are for good.
Jesus made this type of close relationship possible when He died on the cross. He did all the hard work making a way for us. Before Jesus died, there was no way for us to truly know Him. The light (Jesus) could not co-exist with the dark (us before knowing Jesus). So when we accept Him as our Savior, we are moving into that special relationship in His presence. All the bad things that we’ve done, all the bad things that we’ve said, all the bad things that we’ve thought become null and void. Those good thoughts He thinks toward us (Jer. 29:11) are what should become the truth in our lives.
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”
Yes, Jesus did the hard work, but you, yes YOU have a role to play as well. You see the enemy will try to creep back in and bring back thoughts of shame for past mistakes. Thoughts of not measuring up, thoughts of condemnation will try to wiggle their way in—but this is where we must continue to believe His word.
The word doesn’t say to just listen to all the garbage thrown your way, but rather to “take every thought captive” as it says in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Don’t just let every thought that comes into your head take up residence. Instead, cast out the junk in favor of the thoughts filled with light and hope.
Our thought life can be a constant battle. We can choose to look outward at the things we’ve done, the mistakes we’ve made, or we can choose to look upward to Him who is our Help. He who is our strength and who is our source in life. Constantly dwelling on those negatives cripples us from who God has called us to be. It causes our calling to be hindered, it keeps us silent because we feel unworthy, and it causes us to feel inadequate to be used by Him. Today is the day to walk free of those thoughts, because my dear sisters, if you know Him, He doesn’t look at you and see your past, your mistakes or your failures. He simply yet intricately sees you as beautiful and blameless in His sight.
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you”
Song of Solomon 4:7
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