This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10
Be Quiet. Sit still and silent for one minute. Let your mind be aware that God is present with you. Imagine Him smiling at you, delighted that you showed-up to be present with Him! Breath slowly and relax.
Scripture. “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” 1 John 4:7-12
Meditation. Integrating our spirituality with our emotional health opens us to new gifts with huge possibilities for a transformed life. One of those gifts is slowing down to be with Jesus. I don’t believe that the great priority of spiritual growth is the increasing activism that leaves a legacy of achievements. I think it’s much more about loving God well by being with Him, contemplating His amazing accomplishments and becoming familiar with His beautiful presence in every moment of the day. As we mature, we become more anchored in His extravagant love. We gain a Biblical self-knowledge by which we can declare:
- It’s good that I exist, in spite of my shortcomings
- My identity in God is unique and secure
- I’m worthy of love and acceptance
- I can assert and express my true self; it won’t kill me to do this
- Since God is love and God lives in me, I have what it takes to love others
Question to Ponder. Take a moment to consider the declarations of Biblical self-knowledge listed here. Which resonate most with you? Rank them from 1-5.
Connect with God. Quietly contemplate some of God’s amazing accomplishments revealed in Scripture, Jesus, nature, and your life from past to present. Praise and thank Him for each one.
Connect with People. Invite someone to journey with you as slow down to be with Jesus and get anchored in His love.