Being Loved - How Do We Know
It is great to be loved. How do we know if we are loved?
Some people think that they are loved if they are told they are beautiful. Some people believe they are loved if they are praised. But I believe there is a great danger there.
Should we seek the compliments of others telling us we are beautiful? Should we seek the praise of others?
If we seek the compliments of others to be told we are beautiful or handsome, then here are some things to consider:
I believe that our strength should come from God. Our hope and value of our own soul should come from how God views us.
Joh_5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
I think that most people believe they should believe in God. I think Jesus Christ assumes this here also. So it is more important to believe in God than to receive honour one of another.
Don't Be Deceived
If we want to know if we are valuable, whose opinion should we consider? Should we ask a remorseless serial killer on death row if our soul has worth? Should we ask somebody who is willing to flatter to take advantage of us? Evidently it does matter who we ask as to whether our soul has value. And certainly, to some people, our soul has no value.
So who should we ask? Who should we seek praise from? I think Jesus Christ's words in John 5:44 are relevant. We should seek the honour of God. While honour is not the same as love, I believe that we should seek the love of God as proof of our soul's value
Proof of Being Loved
We need proof of being loved. Some people believe that we should tell our friends X number of times per day that they are loved. Does this prove they are loved? Perhaps it is flattery, or obedience to a theory of no benefit. Do we have solid proof of God's love and the worth of our soul?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I think this says it all. Here is the proof. God loves us so much that he gave his son to die for us. So that if we believe on him, we would not perish but have everlasting life.
This is proof of God's love. I don't need the praise of men. I don't need to be told I'm handsome. I don't want to fall into the trap of flattery. I do want solid proof of God's love and my soul's worth. This act of God, his son dying for me, is all the proof that I need that I am loved by God.
Love - home|
In Gods Image
Who is Christian?
Is Jesus Christ God
Man with maid
Spirit of Revelation
Gospel of Apostles
Power of God
|To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. - Jesus Christ speaking to Saul, see Act 26:18, see Salvation through Jesus Christ.|