On various retreats I have attended at some point during the weekend a speaker will have everyone turn to the people next to them, look them in the eye and say: “You are loved.” I think this is a wonderful practice because it is something that everyone needs to be reminded of. As Christians we should be continually telling our fellow human beings that they are loved.
How many of us actually believe this though? Scripture tells us over and over how precious we are in God’s eyes, but when will we be convinced that it’s actually true? It is so easy to get caught up in guilt over sin and obsess over our failures that we forget the power of Christ’s redeeming love. Isaiah 43 says: “You are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you” and “Bring back my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth: Everyone who is named as mine, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Did you catch that? You are precious in God’s eyes.
God created each of us with a specific and unique purpose. We were not mass produced like mystery meat in a cafeteria. Think about this: God made us in his image and likeness, exactly the way we are for a reason. Therefore whenever we insult ourselves or another human being we are saying 1) that God is ugly and 2) that God made a mistake. We marvel over the beauty of sunsets yet we as human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation; his greatest work – take some time to think about that today.
And I will leave you with this thought: It is only when we can truly accept God’s love that we can be free to follow his will.
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”
Watch this video about letting God form you into the person he made you to be: