More Unconditional Love: My Weaknesses & Asking for Help

     While today is the transition day (the day I should begin focusing on the 3rd Power Thought discussed in Joyce Meyer’s Power Thoughts, I have something else I want to share about Power Thought #2: God loves me unconditionally.  One of the most important points to get about unconditionally is the simple fact that God’s love is not dependent on our performance. 

     That means two important things to me that I am slowly coming to terms with:  I have weaknesses that aren’t going to go away, and I will always need God’s help—every day, and in everything.  I know these things. I really do, and yet, I find myself thinking that tomorrow, someday, in the near or distant future that I will be stronger and not need so much grace for my weaknesses.  I think that that the fact that I am constantly asking God for help has got to be wearying to Him, and that I need to get to the point where I don’t need so much help!  I guess it’s our culture, our humanity—to want to be strong and to want to be independent, but that fact is apart from God I can do nothing.

    I have started to remind myself throughout the day, “I have weaknesses, and that’s okay.  God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.”  I also repeat, “I need God’s help today, and I will need God’s help tomorrow.”  God loves me unconditionally and He wants to help me.  The idea that God gets weary is a lie, the idea that he gets tired of hearing his children ask for help is even more ridiculous.  God is my Help.  God is my Strength.

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God’s Unconditional Love–What does it mean?

     I have had some difficulty with the second Power Thought, God Loves Me Unconditionally.  I attribute this to living in a world where we are flippantly reminded of God’s love constantly, but in a way that is very superficial.  We may see “God (Hearts) You! on buttons, grafiti, and tee shirts.  We may say it, hear it, and never really think about it.  In this next post, I tried to go beneath the surface and really consider what God’s unconditional love means for me.

  1. My performance has been canceled.  God is pleased with who I am.  Even when I make mistakes, God is pleased with who I am.  He may not like everything I do, but he knows that I have weaknesses.  He is faithful and lovingly corrects me because he wants me to overcome and to enjoy life.  He wants me to enjoy his salvation.  God is not frustrated with me.  God’s patience with me is endless because of his unconditional love.  God loves me and accepts me just as I am, in this moment.  There is nothing wrong with me, and there is nothing wrong about me.  God has made me right and literally transformed into righteousness in Jesus.  God wants me to do what is good and right, but he doesn’t love me more when I do.  He doesn’t love me less when I mess up.  Even when I make the same mistake a zillion times, God is still patient and his love for me, his joy in me, and the song he sings over me—never stops.
  2. I love myself unconditionally and don’t compare myself to others.  I believe that because God loves me unconditionally that he wants me to love myself unconditionally as well.  This means that I am not hard on myself.  I am easy on myself.  I give myself grace and treat myself with kindness and patience no matter what happens.  God is in the process of changing me and helping me to overcome my faults, mistakes, and sins.  I am patient with myself through this process and treat myself with gentleness.  Nothing is accomplished by being mean to myself, feeling guilty or punishing myself.  I am always God’s child—not just when I am doing everything right.  God created me unique.  I am incomparable to any other person.  Comparing myself to others is like comparing apples and oranges; not only do comparisons lead to despair and sadness, they just don’t make sense.
  3. God is not mad at me.  I am reconciled to God.  We are intimate and communicate often.  We are close.  He is not angry with me.  He is completely satisfied with who I am and pleased with who I am.
  4. My hope and all of my expectations are in God.  When I think about the fact that I am special and precious to God, every other circumstance and situation falls away—it’s like the rest of the world is only two-dimensional, and the only thing that’s real is God’s love and acceptance.  I feel precious and special.  I see and know that my life is good.  God’s hand is in everything that happens to me to bring about good and blessing for me, his special, precious child.  I feel God’s constant attention and care.  I feel like an insider—like I have been invited into a secret room at God’s house, and never have to leave.  This unconditional love gives me a confidence, like I can expect and know that I will receive favor.  Not all people will love me unconditionally—or even at all.  Sometimes, the way a person or loved one responds to me makes me think there is something wrong with me.  Then, I remember that God says there is nothing wrong with me.  I am special and precious.  If others don’t see this—it is because of something in them, not in me.  I do not depend on the reactions and acceptance of others to know my value and worth.  God is excited about who I am.  My hope and my expectation come from God.  He never has disappointed me, and He never will.