If you’ve ever written your resume, you know that it is meant to describe you. It tells the reader where you live, how you can be contacted, the jobs you’ve held, the education you’ve received, your accomplishments, and even how you spend your free time. More or less, it describes what you do. Most often, we try to define our identity in what we do.
But it doesn’t describe what you are! You are loved!
Love is the source of our identity! We are loved by God, no matter what we do or what we don’t do. We are secure in his love. God created us in his own image! (Gen 1:27) He loved us so much that he gave us his only Son! (John 3:16) He commanded us to love only him and to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mt 22:37-39) He taught us about faith, hope, and love and that the greatest of these is love. He showed us that love was patient and kind, doesn’t boast, and never fails. (1 Cor 13) And he promised that those who believe in him would have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Love gives us security and allows us to feel safe. It is not about what we do, it’s about God’s unconditional love for us, just as we are.
As our celebration of the birth of Jesus approaches and we find ourselves with family and friends, remember to base our relationships on what they are first, not what they do.
In other words, just love ‘em!
How do you know you are loved, either by God or others?
Love the Lord our God with all your heart. And love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus declared these as the greatest commandments in which the whole law could be summed up. Looking back over the last 24 hours, reflect on the ways you lived out these commands.
Lord, I thank you for being my Father. Thank you for accepting me in all my imperfections and loving me as a child of yours. Help me to love others unconditionally, showing them grace and forgiveness, just as you have shown me! Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.
This post was written by Pam Haynam. Pam is a writer for the LivingItOut Bible Study, a Lead Mentor Mom for Momentum, and a cook for the weekend worship band. She has a passion for education and has served on a public-school board and currently serves on a charter school board. She is married with 3 grown children—two whom are married—and two grandsons.
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