When Parts of Who I Am Feel Unlovable
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 NIV)
Let me share an amazing truth about me. One that blows me away when I take the time it deserves to contemplate.
First, some confession. There are parts of me that I don’t like, and I consider unloveable. They are the parts that I generally keep hidden to all but the safest friends.
Do you have parts like this, that you hide? Hidden like the joint that boyfriend gave you at your 15th birthday party. Inside a sock in a shoe box at the top of your closet. You’d be mortified if anyone found it, but that part feels more stuck to you than gum on your shoe on a hot summer day.
When I read scripture, I see that God sees these parts differently than I do. And God loves them.
I am thoroughly lovable. Right now, just as I am. God loves all of my parts. There is nothing about my true self that God cannot heal and include in His redemptive plan. A plan that is vast and powered by grace.
This is truth. And it’s not just for me, it’s for you, too.
You are thoroughly lovable. Right now, just as you are. God loves all of your parts. There is nothing about your true self that God cannot heal and include in His redemptive plan. A plan that is vast and powered by grace.
Can you bravely bring that box out of the closet? Can you open it and ask God to give you a loving and holy perspective on what’s inside?