"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 (NAS)
Very early in life, the thought or hope of having true friends started to diminish.
As I reflect back I can remember being bullied as early as 5th grade.
Mean spirited, ugly, a "tearing up the heart" kinda bullying.
Emotions of "not being seen or not good enough" sunk deep within me and cemented a negative footprint of friendship on my soul.
Negative, gut-punching thoughts of how I felt I was created just shattered me as a person. It scattered me, my emotions and my outlook. The ugly, skinny-girl, the short-haired freak. Boyish looks are what reflected back to me.
Crushing emotions wounded my heart and soul and spirit; they sunk in and led me to a lack of trust in Christ. Of others.
The teetering of sadness and loneliness stifled my growth as a little, precious God's girl.
I couldn't understand why Jesus wanted to be my greatest friend when I felt like an unwanted mess inside and out.
He sought to be my...
The one who desired to cheer me on, and cherish me.
He continued to remind me that He loved me so much He died for me.
The thought of Him laying His life down for me sometimes confused me.
Hanging on the cross for me and taking on my sin for...
He wanted me to grasp a hold of His Holy hand for His great love, His greatest love.
Nothing more precious or priceless than the Cross-Love of His friendship.
Honestly. For many years I didn't believe the "real" love of Jesus and His friendship.
Have you ever walked in these sad, sorrowful and sinking-emotional shoes?
Your heart questioning the Greatest Friendship? The Greatest Love?
Oh, that nasty Satan looking to devour us.
His darkness weighs heavy on us.
The "dark-bully" roaming around and desiring nothing more than to detract and destroy godly friendships here on earth for you and me.
His devious cunning ways wanting to stop heavenly, healthy relationships with our Greatest Friend who created us to pour His love over us each day!
But, oh the hope and love of Christ that shatters and tatters the lies of the "dark-bully."
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 (NIV) (Italics added)
God gave. Pause. Sit in this. Soak it in.
Jesus, our greatest Love. The greatest Gift.
Yes, Jesus loves you.
He longs for you.
He looks for you.
He laid His life down for you.
"You may never know that JESUS is all you need, until JESUS is all you have." --Corrie Ten Boom
Jesus, our great love. Our greatest need. Our best friend.
Amen, my friends. For you and for me.
The above post is a preview of our topic for the month of March. March's topic is titled, "March into Purpose." I will share how God took a worn-out, torn-up heart and through His promises gave me hope. The Gift gave me His healing purpose.
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