It doesn’t belong to one culture, one financial class, one age, or one anything. Whether in the eyes of a friend sitting across from me at my own table or in the eyes of a perfect stranger across a crowded room, I see the longing for something more.
A something that says I want to be
It’s where our differences are immaterial — where we can look into the eyes of the sister next to us and recognize that the troubles of today go deeper. They go to the heart — the part of us that is designed to long for one thing.
God’s unconditional love.
It’s a place created within our souls designed for only His love. God created us to long for more — long for Him. There is nothing in this world that will fill that longing. Neither people, nor things, nor substances. Nothing.
I learned this the hard way. I spent too many years trying to fill that longing with other things. And even though I loved the Lord, I didn’t know His unconditional love in a way that could change me. It turned out I didn’t really understand His love because I didn’t know God well enough.
Let me explain …
The best way I can think to describe it is by levels of friendship. It’s the difference in an acquaintance versus a friend, and then a fried versus a dearest lifetime friend.
It’s about knowing things like God’s character, His awesome power, and His relentless pursuit of His children.
When I finally grasped the vast landscape of all He has done to draw His people to Him — and when I realized how deep His love runs — I began to understand His unconditional love for me. Then it began to change me and change how I live.
God’s unconditional love fits a God-sized hole in our hearts. It changes everything about how we live and how we see the world.
Signs of Not Knowing God’s Unconditional Love
The longing for God’s unconditional love presents itself differently in each of us. In some of us, it looks like walls built tall and wide around our hearts. Yet in others, it’s marked by repetitive poor relationship choices. Many of us use sharp words while others go silent. It is roller coaster emotions that have far too many controls over our lives.
But in each of us, it is the search. The search for the “someone” or “something” that makes us feel complete. And in each of us, it is the pain when that “someone” hurts us or when the thrill of that “something” wears away.
That’s when the whispers begin. They lurk then eventually land an attack upon our thoughts.
Then we grasp for something to validate our worth. Where do we turn? To our spouse? Friends? Career? Possessions? Our children?
Friends, I battle this right alongside you. If I’m not careful, I can fall prey to those whispers that say things like,
“There is something wrong with you. You …
— aren’t good enough.”
— can’t do this.”
— fell short … again.”
— are unlovable.”
But I also know we have a weapon against that thinking. I know there is a truth bigger than any ugly whisper. There is fulfillment for the deep longing in our souls.I know there is a truth bigger than any ugly whisper. There is a fulfillment for the deep longing in our souls. #godsunconditionallove #thejournal Click To Tweet
So, I want us to join together, learn, grow, and receive the only love that fully satisfies the longing within us.
Today, let’s challenge ourselves. Challenge ourselves to STOP trying to fill the longing in our hearts with people and things. But instead, fill the longing with God’s unconditional love – the only love big enough, pure enough, and perfect enough to reflect our worth.God's unconditional love = the only love big enough, pure enough, and perfect enough to reflect our worth! #thejournal Click To Tweet
Here’s the plan.
I’ve broken this into 7 posts:
- Each week, I will give you Bible verses, a prayer, questions to ponder, and extra resources.
- I’ve created a printable journal to help you walk through the series. Each page will have scripture at the top and an area for you to journal your thoughts and answers to the challenge questions found in each post. The journal is available free to all subscribers.
Is it time to make a change?
“I want to feel loved for simply being me. Settled once and for all, I want to stop searching, wavering, and questioning. No more entertaining the whispers of the enemy. I want to know I am loved beyond the shadow of a doubt so that I may step out in confidence, taking risks, chasing dreams, and setting boundaries.”
If these sentiments resonate with you, join me. Sign up, print the journal, commit to reading the given verses each day, reflect with the questions, and begin to truly know God and His unconditional love in an intimate way.
Bible Verses to Know God’s Unconditional Love7 Bible Verses to Know God's Unconditional Love #thejournal Click To Tweet
We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. -Romans 5:7-8 MSG
I will never leave you nor forsake you. -Hebrews 13:5 ESV
“I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” -Isaiah 44:22 NLT
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. -Romans 8:38 NLT
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. -Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. -Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV
A Prayer to Know God’s Unconditional Love
Heavenly Father, You are love. Your love is a vastness beyond our comprehension, but yet I look away from it and to the people and things in my life to fulfill the deepest longings of my heart and to fulfill my worth. Lord, please forgive me. Make me aware of Your majesty. May my eyes be filled with the wonder of You and my heart be filled with the unconditional delight of Your love. Lord, I ask You to surround me with Your hedge of protection and fill me with wisdom and discernment so that I recognize lies and can replace them with truth. Lord, may Your Word be instilled within the deepest crevices of my mind, my heart, and my soul now and forever. In Your precious and holy name, I pray — the name of Jesus. AmenJoin me in this Prayer to Know God's Unconditional Love Click To Tweet
A Time to Reflect: Week 1 Focus Questions
- How would it change your day-to-day life if you lived with newfound confidence?
- What questions do you have about God? About God’s unconditional love?
- Which of the provided verses resonates most with you? Write it on a card, on your mirror with a dry erase marker, or hang it on your refrigerator. Repeat it every day this week. Read it out loud. Pray it. Ask God to reveal Himself to you through it.
Here is what the Focus Questions look like in the Journal.
Are You Ready to Join Me?
Once you sign up, you will receive an email with the link to download the journal and the printable version of the prayer. After that, one email per week will be sent out with the corresponding links and content. My weekly email will keep you on track and serve as accountability to help you reach your goals.