Live loved. I first heard this phrase in a popular book by Lysa Terkeurst called Uninvited, which is full of powerful truths that will change your life if you’ll only dare to take hold of them.
Live Loved. It’s a beautiful idea.
But how do you actually do that?
It’s really easy to hear something powerful and just mutter to ourselves, “Oh, that’s good!” and maybe take a note on it, but end up forgetting about it in the end.
We don’t see the truth permeate our lives because we never actually put it into practice.
Lisa Terkeurst put it like this:
“Inspiration and information without application, will never result in transformation.”
It’s not enough to just hear that we’re loved, we have to apply that truth to actually reap the benefits.
What does this look like practically?
Well, to live loved is not just something you feel. I’ve realized it’s a choice, you have to choose to put your confidence in God before everything else.
There’s a story in Matthew 7:24-27 that talks about two men. The first man built his house on solid rock. And the second man built his on the sand. But it was the man with the stronger foundation whose house was able to weather the storms.
It’s the same way with our hearts. If you base your confidence in the acceptance of others, your heart will be a mess when situations beyond your control come your way.
But if you make God your main source, your heart will be strong enough to withstand the storms of this life because you’ll know who God says you are. And you’ll trust in that.
Even if there are days when you don’t feel it.
When other people shut you out and reject you. When the person whose love and approval you longed for doesn’t believe in you, remember who God says you are to Him.
When other people don’t see your value and potential, your Father in Heaven has seen it all along.
Press into God and let Him fill you up. When you can’t see yourself how He sees you, ask Him to help you to see His perspective. Choose to reject the lies in your head that tell you, you’re alone and unwanted.
Believe that in Him is a place where you’ll always belong.
This is what it means to live loved.
It’s not about how many friends you have, or whether you have a significent other in your life who thinks you’re amazing.
In fact, you can be surrounded by people who love you, yet still feel alone because you haven’t been filled up with the fullness of the Father.
In closing, here’s a challenge from Ephesians 3:14-19 in The Message Bible:
“My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth.
I ask Him to strengthen you by His spirit-not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength- that Christ will live in you as you open up the door and invite Him in.
And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagent dimension’s of Christ’s love.
Reach out and experience the breadth! Test it’s length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.”
Live, loved friends!