I have been around and around this weight loss mulberry bush, and I refuse to do it again. Not one more time! I’ve done it so many years, it’s no longer a “diet,” but a “tried it.” I give up! Never plan to go that route again.
So what now?
Yeah. Could it really be that simple?
We are to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39), which means I am to love myself (a very hard thing for me to do). Here are a few other Biblical facts on love:
- It’s the first fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22
- God has given us a spirit of love (2 Timothy 1:17)
- Love never fails…always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
- It covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)
Do you hear what the Bible is telling us?
Love never fails.
Read this prayer Paul prayed for us (Ephesians 3:14-19):
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
I don't think I fully understand the power of God's love. Instead of beating myself up, yet again, about all that I am not and all those things at which I have repeatedly failed, I will endeavor to begin to soak in the love of Christ.
It may not be for you, but for me…learning to accept that simple fact that God really loves me is difficult at best; pert-near impossible if I can’t manage to love myself.
Learning to accept God’s love is only half of it. Learning to love others with the love of Christ is the other half. I’m nowhere near where I need to be; I’m not a people person. I wonder…can I love them from afar? ::::grin::::
Then there’s grace. Such power packed into that little word. When I rely on Grace, I don’t have to try and change myself. I can’t, anyway. If I could accomplish that, not only would I be rich, but I would have been thin years upon years ago. One more thing: I can’t mention grace and power without mentioning authority. I don’t have the time or the blog space in one post to even give the introduction of this.
But I am on to something.
Something really, really good.
I have gone back and forth on this weight loss issue. One day I think it’s a very unfair physical thing; another day, I decide it’s spiritual. Either way, God’s Grace will be the only way I will ever be successful. Here's the kicker: It's really not about the weight. Obviously, this post is not even the tip of the love/power/grace/authority iceberg on this subject. I may get my preaching boots on yet.
We sang this song at church last night. It touched me in a way it had not before. Some of the lyrics:
I looked into the eyes of a Savior
I saw love stronger than death
I kissed the scars that bore my freedom
As I lay my head on Your chest.
I’ve seen I AM,
And now I know that I am loved,
I’ve seen I AM
Now I know who I am.