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“For the mountains may move

    and the hills disappear,

but even then my faithful love for you will remain.

    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”

    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.”

Isaiah 54:10

Is there anyone in the world that actually enjoys change? Most of us are creatures of habit, so when anything changes in the slightest, we definitely take notice!

When I sense change coming, I fight it for as long as I can and then eventually surrender, realizing time and time again that I’ve made things so much harder for myself.

There is one thing that doesn’t change though, and that is God’s love for us. Through every season of life, no matter how exciting or how devastating – His faithful love remains. It does not change, falter or decrease.

When it seems like things are falling apart, we can always go back to the basics – we are His children, and we are so loved.

God, today I’m thankful that You stay the same through every season of life. Thank you for loving me.

“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6, KJV.

I’m going to assume that every person reading this devotion has been internally scarred or wounded at some point in your life. Either you have experienced betrayal, broken promises, or maybe even abuse.

If you are the person who looks at themselves in the mirror and sees a reflection of a woman who is scarred and defective looking back at you, this post is for you. You are more than the sum your sin—you are more than those awful words someone spoke into your life—and you are more than that bad relationship. Please know that you are worth fighting for and you deserve the ardent love of God.

You Are A Warrior

You are a woman who is still standing and a woman who is called by God. I think you—yes you—are a warrior.

The pain you have endured is indicative of the dimension God desires to take you.

Our God has felt pain; His friends and family forsook Him, and He felt lonely… just like we have. The God we serve has gone through the things we have gone through. He loves you so much and wants you to know that you are not alone.

Prayer: Lord, show me who I am through Your word and transform the way I think. Show me that You have a purpose in everything I have experienced in my life. Heal me from the inside out.

 

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36–40, NIV.

It is ironic that the two greatest commandments are not listed in the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20.

These two great commandments that Jesus declares encapsulate those found in Exodus 20. The first four laws given in Exodus 20 are to strengthen our relationship with God and the remaining six laws demonstrate how we are to interact with our neighbor. Notice how none of these commandments tell us to love ourselves, which is contrary to what the world teaches.

2 Timothy 3:1–2 states, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud…” This is not to say we are to despise ourselves, scripture teaches against that, but the law teaches to love our neighboras ourselves.

More Than A Feeling

Our culture refers to love as a feeling. However, in Biblical culture, love is more than a feeling and it is represented as an action. We are commanded to love without restraint. Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” No one feelslike loving their enemy. In fact, loving your enemy fights against the DNA of our flesh, making this act of love supernatural.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love you with every aspect of my life and every part of my being. I do not want You to just be my number one, but I desire for You to be my only one. Help me to love like you love and teach me how to love those who hate and persecute me. Let me see beyond peoples’ hardened exterior so I can grasp the pain that encumbers them.