Do Not Deny Your Greatness
For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.
2 Timothy 2:13
In our culture, it is extremely common to be taught and thus believe that if your nature is to be quickly forgiving, and immediately express love again, you are weak. This is also a common thought pattern we can develop after being deeply or repeatedly wronged by those we’ve trusted or after traumatic experiences.
I know it is not always easy to come back from broken trust or a broken heart, however it is deeply important to understand that whether it takes you seconds or years to return to your true and open heart, once you do so, it does NOT make you weak. When you can make the decision to forgive, let go of your pain and most importantly, trust again, you are choosing to surrender to love the way Christ surrendered Himself to love you.
This is the STRENGTH of the God who died by crucifixion for us… His strength IS THEE WAY!
We can make the same mistakes over and over again and God's love NEVER fades. Even His trust in our ability to overcome, knows no bounds. He created us and therefore knows the strength He birthed within us.
Realize that at the end of it all, the only person who can stand in the way of your freedom, is you. Yes, there may be a long line of people who have wronged you or maybe it's just been the same person time and again, however, they are not a reflection of YOUR ability to love. Your ability to trust in another's potential to be stronger than their own weaknesses, does not make you weak. It makes you a child of God... and you LOOK like your heavenly Father. While you cannot control whether that person you've chosen to believe in, will choose a destructive path again or not, you can choose to believe that God has the power to correct and encourage them... and by His will, so do you.
Yes, we can only give as much as God empowers and instruct us to do so… so after you've done all you can to stand, you must trust that by God's strength, wisdom and will, change and growth ARE possible- for that person… and for you. And remember, whether or not that change happens the way you desire or within the time frame you may hope… this means little to a God that does miracles. Nothing can hinder His plans or change His mind when He decides.
Put your faith in Him. Trust that even when those who've wronged you cannot see the path to greater, your sight has not deceived you. God is merely opening you up to love this person and even yourself, in ways others may not understand... until they are put in the position to learn THE WAY God has moved you to love as well. Know, we will ALL be put in this position at some point or another... and while we may not have planned the route uphill, the way we choose to climb is up to us. He will not have brought you to this moment with nothing to cling to... He is always near.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
John 14: 1-7
Need a little extra dose of this word? Here’s something that blessed my soul…