This morning I was lamenting in my mind having IM'd the night before with a scintillating friend and realizing by the end of it that I sounded so lacking discipline, so inadequate, so boring...and again, on the heels of these thoughts, of course God's hope shone through. He loves me. Why, I have no idea. I am inadequate in every way, and nothing I do to try to change it makes it better! But He loves me, even though He is all-knowing. That is incomprehensible! What a great love and compassion He has. Ephesians 3:14-21 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
If He loves me even so, I ought to see through those things that would be barriers to loving others, and love them in spite of their frailties, in view of my own, and because God loves them too. Lord, help me. I want to see them like God sees me.
When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of my guilt within, Upward I look, and see Him there, Who made an end of all my sin.
Because my sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free,
For God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me. (From "Before the Throne of God Above" by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook.)