Fully Loved and Free to Love
"O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it." Psalm 139:1-6
Would you say you have yourself figured out? You most likely know what you’re good at, what you’re bad at, your internal struggles, and darkest of secrets. If given the task, you could probably write a decent autobiography. Despite your perceived self-awareness, God knows you better than you could ever know yourself. He is the one who created you, after all. He knows what you will say before you even think about saying it, and He knows every trouble that besets your heart...even sins you are unaware of.
When you are in Christ, God loves you fully, despite His total knowledge of the ugliness within your soul. He knows you fully, and yet, He is neither impressed nor horrified with you. He knows you fully, and yet, He loves you completely. How incredible is that? No human on earth has the capability of knowing you like God knows you…not even your closest of friends.
In the same way, we are incapable of knowing our fellow-image bearers as well as God knows them. Since God freely showers us with love and grace despite full knowledge of our sinfulness, we should be all the more driven to love our neighbor who we are unable to fully know but still called to love. Acknowledging your limited understanding of your neighbor should motivate you to give more grace and to mirror Christ’s love to them. Instead of jumping to conclusions about your neighbor or judging them, why not be quicker to intercede for them? Instead of trying to figure them out or fix all of their life problems, trust that God knows them better than you ever could and focus on loving them in a Christ-like manner.
Father, I praise you for loving me in spite of me. I praise you for Christ, who died for me that I may be reconciled to You. Forgive me for not reflecting Christ to others. Forgive me for being quick to judge my neighbor, instead of quick to serve them. I pray for humility in seeing myself as a poor expert about You, myself, and others. May your undeserving love toward me motivate me to love others.
Memorize 1 John 4:19.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.