You-yes, you-are known, seen and loved.
I was thinking about this simple fact this weekend.
Verb. Meaning “have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them; be familiar or friendly with.
Verb. Meaning “be or become aware of something from observation or from a written or other visual source.”
Verb. Meaning “like or enjoy very much”.
You, regardless of what you have done or who you are, are known to the very depths of your soul and loved by the Creator of the Universe.
I think about the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. He didn’t listen to his father, squandered all his money, and severely grieved his father’s soul, but his father knew all that he’d done and STILL welcomed him back with open arms.
God does that with us. He pulls us into His arms and welcomes us home-even after we have tremendously grieved Him.
In the same way, God knows, sees, and loves us, we need to know, see, and love others. I listened to Angie Smith at IF gathering this weekend. She compared faith to solitaire. In Solitaire, you have to start with an ace. What’s the ace of our faith?
It has to be love. That’s the foundation. Everything else is based on that. If you throw down a five or seven, it won’t work and no one will listen. If you start with the ace though, everything else falls into place. It can be still be challenging at times, but you’ll keep building on the ace. It’s the same way with faith. Love comes first.
Can you honestly say you love everyone regardless of political views, sexual preferences, and religious views?
Love comes first.
You won’t argue anyone into heaven, but if you start with love, and see them, I mean really see them flaws and all, you give them a glimpse of how the Heavenly Father loves them unconditionally.
Throw the ace.
You won’t regret it.