This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “loved.” Also linking with Blogger Voices Network, Faith On Fire, and Grace & Truth.
What would it look like to live loved?
That’s the question Kate poses in her Five Minute Friday post today, and it’s an interesting one to consider. Here are a few thoughts:
Living loved looks like security. There’s a sense of safety in knowing that you’re loved, and that nothing can change that.
Living loved looks like freedom. You’re free to be yourself without fear of judgement or worrying what others will think.
Living loved looks like joy. No matter what circumstances we face, there is a joy that comes from knowing that we’re loved and that we’re not alone.
Living loved looks like confidence. Not everyone will love us. There will be people who are thoughtless, critical, or even unkind, but if we really know we are loved, those people’s words and actions won’t shake our sense of value so much.
Living loved looks like love for others. When we’re secure in our own worth and value, we are free to love others without looking for reward. When we have experienced love and grace, it naturally flows out of us to others.
It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
The good news is we have all that in Jesus- a love that never fails, that never changes, that never gives up on us.
It’s important that we really learn to grasp that truth and live in it more and more.
A couple of years ago I was taking part in a study on Lysa Terkeurst’s book, Uninvited. We were challenged to create something that would help us to hold onto the truth of God’s love, so I made this bookmark.
It’s been a helpful reminder. As Lysa writes, “We are all desperate to anchor our souls to something we can trust won’t change,” and the only place we are going to find that is in God.
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” (Hebrews 6:19 NLT)
Music is another thing that helps to anchor me to the truth, so I’ll leave you with one of my favourites, but I’d love to know: what helps you to live loved?