One of my favorite things about reading the book of Psalms is the repetitive words that jump off the page at me. Something about that stirs me up. Everyone wants to know that they are loved, they want to hear it, for it to be reconfirmed on a regular basis, and for it to be the real deal. I did a word study on love a couple of years ago. One of the things that really stood out to me was how many times the word love was preceded by the word “unfailing”. God’s love is unfailing! I’m so thankful that it is and I am thankful that He wants to love people through me.
How do you go from feeling unlovable to a vessel that God uses to love others? How does someone who has only experienced “love” from the hands of an abuser discover the compassionate, loving hands of Father God? How can a person that has been told they are hated by the world discover how valuable they are to God? How can the abandoned come to realize there is a special invitation just for them to become a part of the family of God? How does a person who hates God because of all the bad things that happened to them at no fault of their own open their heart to discover that it broke His heart and He longs to heal that pain? The answer to every one of these questions is the same. Love.
We must show them love.
We learn to love when we experience God’s love through another person. A tangible love that comes through in simple everyday tasks, conversations, and actions. A love that doesn’t judge or come with preexisting conditions, but simply says, “I see you and I think you are valuable.” Love tells them that God loves them, but more than that, it shows them. One person’s love can replace a lifetime of feeling unloved if it is motivated by simply being a vessel that God can use to share His love in whatever ways He chooses. His love is perfect. His love is healing. His love is everlasting.
We must teach them about His love.
We need to teach them that God loves them and that He will never leave them or forsake them (Deuteronomy 31:6). I remember the day that I got the revelation that it wasn’t just the person showing me love that was causing me to heal. It was the Holy Spirit loving me through her. We must teach them that it is His love that they feel, that they want, and that they need. It’s a very freeing revelation to discover that because it’s the Holy Spirit, that love can go with them everywhere they go. They don’t have to wait until the next time they see that friend to experience love or avoid loneliness. They can choose to engage Him as their personal God and have a friend that is always with them and loves them so much more extravagantly than any friend or family member ever could.
But they will not know if we do not tell them.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1