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You Are Loved

Excerpt from Overcomer: Chapter 5 Waiting for the one.
“The more I read the Bible, the more I realize that I had to be with someone who had the same beliefs that I had, so I had a few crushes on a couple of the girls in the youth group. Not just one but a few. As I said earlier, I had always looked at the outside of what a girl looked like, although God says that’s what man does, He also says that God looks at the heart. I am a man, and I want to do what God does by looking at the heart of the person I am with. Because we all look at the outside of the person, sometimes I wonder if girls will be attracted to me because I have a disability and don’t look like everyone else. It’s normal. We all do it, and we’re all attracted by what we see on the outside, myself included. Since I was born with a birth defect, I always realized I was different, but I also tried to think of myself as someone who was normal. However when I look in the mirror, I realize that I am different. I do have the realization that God loves me and He created me for a reason and with a specific purpose in mind.”

Just because you look different doesn’t mean you won’t find the woman/man of God that He has for you.  We all have issues, and things that we all have to deal with in our lives, it may be something like myself that has a disability, or it could be a sin issues.  It could be something else totally different than what I have mentioned here.  Though God tells us in John 3:16, that He loves us, and that He sent his son to die for us on the cross.  I didn’t write this blog to have people feel sorry for me, or to feel sympathy for me.  I wrote it because I have a feeling that their are others out their like me that feel the same way as I do.  That look in the mirror each day, and wonder will I ever find that person, Man/Woman that God has for me.  It may not even be that, it may be that they don’t even love themselves, and they need to be reminded that God loves them.  Can you believe that I as a pastor, have to remind myself that God loves me.  Though I do, though it’s not hard to remind myself of that, I just need to look at what He did for me, how he has taken care of me, what He has brought me through to know that Jesus loves me.  Know today, that whatever you feel like, whatever you are dealing with, whatever you think of Valentines Day.  Whether you hate it, despise it, don’t even want to  get up in the morning of the day.  God loves you.

1 Corinthians 13

Love Is the Greatest
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

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