I’m finishing the second chapter in the first week of the study: A Confident Heart with Proverbs 31 Ministries and we were introduced to Sam* and we heard and studied her story of redemption.
While reading Sam’s story I realized just how much I can relate to her. I long and seek approval from earthly things and people. I’m a people pleaser. I want everyone to like me. I try to fit in and do whatever it takes, just to get someone to accept me, the real me. I often put others before myself. Its something I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. People judge me based on little facts about my life, before they get the chance to know the real me. Like Sam, I have been talked about by people who live near me. I’ve heard rumors about me, I’ve heard that people were talking about me. I live in a small town where word travels fast; its not something that feels good.
I seek attention from people. I crave to be wanted, to be loved. I seek approval from everyone; yet the only one who matters the most, already approves and has long ago accepted me for the person I am today. Jesus. He knew me before I was ever created. He knew me before I ever knew myself and yet He still loves me. What kind of love is that? Its perfect love my friends. Because He loves us, and because His love is perfect we don’t have to be. We don’t have to seek approval from others to fit in. We don’t need others acceptance to live the life we’ve been given. Today, let Jesus be enough. He loves you, and He knows everything about you. There is nothing that you could keep from Him. He knows every secret, every hidden sin, everything you’ve done in your past, everything you’ve done today in the present, and He knows everything you will ever do in the future, and He still loves you. Nothing will ever change that. His love is everlasting, unfailing, and perfect. Don’t let others judgments get to you. We are made in Christ’s image. God created us in our mother’s wombs to be all that He wanted us to be.
For you created my inmost being;you knit me together in my mother’s womb. -Psalm 139:13
Just like Sam, we all make mistakes. We all have a past that we may not be proud of. We’ve all made mistakes and we have all fell short of the glory of God, yet none of that changes God’s unconditional love for us. He forgives us. He has redeemed us and He is inviting us into a deep intimate relationship with Him. Just like He did with Sam.
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:13
Father, we thank you for your perfect, everlasting love. We thank you for accepting and choosing each of us. For crafting every detail of our existence. We have all made mistakes but through you we find redemption. Through your unfailing love we find Your grace. Our sins have been forgiven. Father I pray that as we all seek approval of this world, that we are reminded that we already have been accepted by the King. When we feel we’ve let You down; remind us that since Your love is perfect, we don’t have to be. Help us to be the children You created us to be. Help us to replace our doubts and fears with Your loving promises and truths. You are our strength, our shield, and our protector. Let your love be enough. We thank You for all You’ve done and still continue to do in and through us all. I pray that each word I write helps to encourage another going through the same situation. Father, we love you. In Your precious name I pray,
*the woman at the well.