Our Bible verse for today: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “Keep thinking about God’s love for you.”
Accepting and embracing God’s love for you, and then keeping your mind focused on how much He loves you, will change the way you think about yourself and it will change the way you see the world around you. God’s great love for us changes everything.
As we’ve continued our discussion about living a life based in love, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that there’s a progression unfolding here. We started with the truth that God Himself is love, it’s the essence of who He is. He is the personification of pure and perfect love. That pure and perfect love extended to you as God gently and lovingly formed you in your mother’s womb, knitting your body together and creating your human form.
But then, once you placed your faith in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and Jesus began to live in and through you, then the Father’s love for you expanded way beyond the fact that you are His creation. From that moment on whenever He looks at you, He sees His precious Son living in you, and that just melts His heart. His love for you knows no bounds. Now it’s a matter of realizing how great and complete and all-consuming the love of God for you is, and then to accept it and fully embrace it. That will change how you think and feel about yourself.
That’s where we are in the progression right now. Soon we’ll be move into considering how that reality changes how we see and interact with the world around us. But for now, we’re still thinking about seeing ourselves as God sees us, and learning to love ourselves as He loves us.
It really is important to think a lot about God’s love for you. Keep coming back to it. When your mind drifts to other things, bring it back to the love relationship you have with your heavenly Father. Doing so will bring you a great sense of peace. That’s what Isaiah was writing about in Isaiah 26:3. The one who has learned to keep returning his or her thoughts to their relationship with God will experience great peace of mind. And rightly so! There’s nothing more important than God’s love for you. There is no force more powerful, no thought more comforting, no reality more real. Everything else you encounter in life pales in comparison to God’s great love for you.
I encourage you to spend some time today sitting quietly with the Father. Just enjoy being with Him. Relax in His love for you. And then be at peace, secure in that love.