Are you feeling hurt? Has someone who you love offended you in some way? I talk to women all the time who have hurts and wounds that are tearing them down little by little every single day. If this describes you or someone who you know, here’s some hope.
I’ve talked to lots of women lately who are hurting. Beautiful ladies walking through life carrying burdens of pain, rejection and loneliness. My heart has been full lately trying to help them work through these issues and live full lives of purpose, intentionality and joy. Then, last night it came to me. I had trouble sleeping and kept waking up with the song, “Live Like You’re Loved” by Hawk Nelson ringing in my head. The strange thing is that I have no idea when I last heard that song. If you don’t know it, you can watch the video here: here.
As I laid in bed with this song ringing in ears, I started to think about all these lovely hurting souls that I have worked with. That’s the simple answer – they (and all of us from time to time) need to start living like we’re loved. If we looked for our security, love, peace, purpose, fulfillment and hope in Christ, we wouldn’t be looking for it in people. We wouldn’t take other’s offenses personally. We wouldn’t be wounded so easily. It would be easier to forgive.
The Bible tells us that when we allow God to fill us and His spirit to control us, we will have the Fruits of the Spirit in us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)
Some of these words aren’t used much anymore, so here is a description of the fruits of the Spirit in modern language:
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Galatians 5:22-24 (MSG)
Simply letting God's Spirit control us will allow us to live like we're loved. Click To Tweet This is hard for some people, though. Letting go of your control and trusting God feels scary so you might hold on to past hurts, fears, and jealousy, afraid to get hurt again. But, when you do that, you get tied up in negative emotions that keep getting worse and worse. People will fail you. People will hurt you intentionally and unintentionally. That’s just life. But, if you give control to God, He can help you work through this and experience the Fruits of the Spirit and live fully – even when people let you down!
Don’t you think it’s time to start living like you’re loved – because you are loved by God very deeply!
If you have questions or need me to pray for you, please let me know. I would be honored to help you in any way I can.