I am making one New Year’s Resolution: I am giving up. I hope I can encourage you to do the same. Let me explain why.
This comment on my Christmas Day article made me think: “‘You don’t deserve, nor will you ever deserve, his love.’ This really struck me as harsh. Should I stop trying?”
The short answer is yes. You need not do anything to make God love you. However, it’s the opposite of harsh. God loves you because you are you. He really does love you perfectly. There really isn’t a single thing you could do to make him love you more.
When I say I’m giving up, I simply mean that I will no longer try to make God love me because I will live in the reality that he loves me perfectly. When we initially fall in love we are consumed with the other. I want nothing more this year than to live like this.
Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first.” Revelation 2:4-5
As a sinner myself and as someone who teaches the faith, I worry to say stop trying because this might seem to say that I am implying live however you want, God loves you anyway. This isn’t the point of this posting. If you truly know how much God loves you, you will want nothing more than to live for that love and out of that love.
When you are falling in love, you don’t need reminders to spend time with that person. Re-fall in love with God.
Get to know his intimate love for you.
That phrase “intimate” can sound weird (especially as a guy) when we think about it in relation to God’s love. I think that it is not because it is somehow opposed to masculinity but because it means being vulnerable. We must open up to God our hurts, our sin, and things we hide to be truly loved.
Give up hiding from God and experience his love like never before. I hope you will join me in giving up this year.
Yours in Christ,