Compassionate Love Blog: Displaying compassion for those who fight mental illness, addiction, and abuse (c)2018 Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministries
Do you like eggs? Before I said it, were you thinking about the fact you like or dislike eggs?
In a much deeper way, strong ideas and beliefs can hide under the busyness of life. We may be unaware even as negative thinking rules our decisions.
When I was about 4 years old, I sat on a porch swing at my grandma’s house. She came outside, sat down on the swing, and started speaking. I distinctly remember the shock that an adult was choosing to talk to me!
Unfortunately, she died the next year. Partly because of gross emotional neglect, at a very early age I took in the belief I was unlovable. If you had asked, I might have said I had value, but could not have told you why. The core belief that I could never be good enough for love colored everything in my life.
Picture in your mind something you made. Choose anything, a drawing, a song, or a business report. It reflects you because you created it. Now suppose someone comes along and buries your work in mud. Does it still show who you are? No, it reflects the character of the mud slinger.
God created me to reflect his image. My love-worthiness is inherent. Muddy messages covered that up. Too bad it took so long for me to understand, however I am grateful to grasp it now. It is also true of you.
In the same way, much of what we hear from the world about God, Jesus, and the Bible reflects mudslingers, not the Great I Am. The worst offenders are those who claim to follow God yet speak and live in hate.
Much too of what people claim the Bible says, are misquotes, out of context, or made up altogether. Mud obscures the truth of God’s character. His plan for a personal relationship with each person through his Son Jesus, reflects total mercy and love. He is perfectly just, perfectly fair, and perfectly wise.
I encourage you to challenge deeply held, hidden, or automatic ideas that would have you dismiss the God of the Bible. When I discovered how deep his love is, everything changed. Dependencies on people and false hopes seem foolish in comparison to a love that is real, tangible, and unfailing.
As a tired and lonely child, I heard this verse from Psalm 27. “Though your father and mother abandon you, I will never leave you.” Do you recognize that promise?
God said it. That is the kind of love I embrace and welcome you to come to know.
Today’s Helpful Word
“The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.”
NOTE: I am not a doctor or mental health professional. I speak only from personal experiences with and observations of mental and behavioral health challenges. In no way is this website intended to substitute for professional mental or behavioral health care.
If you are struggling emotionally today or feeling suicidal, or concerned about someone who is, in the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or for a list of international suicide hotlines, go here.
If you are suicidal with a plan, immediately call 911 in the U.S. (for international emergency numbers, go here ), or go to your nearest emergency room. Do not be alone. Hope and help are yours.