I wasn’t going to write but my back started itching and it started itching behind knees too. My body is very reactive when I try to block emotions or something I really need to or want to do. Sometimes it’s the “I don’t want to deal with it right now” in me that blocks creativity because creativity is, well confronting and emotional. But you never know what will come.
This morning I had a revelation:
“You will not be defined by your career, work, your friends, your parents, your history, your accolades, your accomplishments, your house, your car, your clothes, your makeup, your speech….you will be defined as love“.
Love is what you are.
When you are love, you don’t have to force yourself to serve to show love or be loved, you are love.
You do things out of love because you are pure and untainted love. Thus, you will also choose not to do things that you don’t love or that causes your heart to weep.
There is no guilt or shame, just love.
So then why do we struggle?
We struggle because we do not accept that God loves us unconditionally – because we have been taught by society and perhaps our parents that “love is earned“.
If you don’t clean your room, you won’t get to eat.
If you are not a good girl, mommy won’t give you stickers or toys.
There always seems to be a condition to love and love seems like a business transaction if you grew up that way. A trade, that is what love seems to be in our world.
There must be a better way- unconditional love.
That seems impossible, not impossible if you accept unconditional love from God. If you continue to receive this love, your heart will expand and cause you to love in impossible ways.
I have forgiven myself when all I wanted to do was continue punishing myself.
I have forgiven people that hurt and wounded me in deep ways.
These were impossible things to me, but God opened my heart.
He has continued to show me that His love is unconditional, unending, restful and beautiful.
If we look at Jesus, He wasn’t defined by people. He wouldn’t even allow people to label Him or force Him to be something He wasn’t because it was not His time yet- “Then Jesus, realizing that they were about to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.” John 6:15.
He walked the earth as love. Knowing who He was, He didn’t need people to applaud Him or tell Him who He was, He knew who He was. He didn’t need people to like Him, in fact He was rejected by most and He continued to love even the haters.
That is radical love.
Love is what you are.
You need not prove yourself, defend yourself, force yourself. You are love, that is what you are.
In a world of self-promotion, don’t you think living as pure love will naturally attract the right people?
When we serve to be loved or to love, we are acting out of lack and a half empty cup.
But when we know that we are love, we live out of abundance and an overflowing cup.