It really is the only thing that matters.
How do I know? How can I speak so boldly to proclaim that this is true? Because Jesus said so. In Mark chapter 12, He said, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important, love others as well as you love yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
Unfortunately for us, we live in a fallen world. That makes it so hard to love sometimes. It makes it really hard to love others, to love ourselves, and even to love God. What does it mean to live in a fallen world? It literally means that we all sin; we all fall short of God’s best. To me, that’s oddly comforting to know that I’m not the only one who gets it wrong on a daily basis.
It’s also supremely comforting to me that it doesn’t matter because I choose to live in the shadow of the Cross. His grace, mercy, and love is enough. It is enough. It is enough. It. Is. Enough.
When the Cross Doesn’t Seem to Be Enough
Perhaps you’re saying to yourself right now, “You don’t know me. You don’t know what I’ve done or what I do.” You may be right about that. Maybe you’re dealing with an issue in a relationship you have. Perhaps you’re trying to hide from it, but it always seems to find you. It always seems to shine a spotlight on your sin in your heart and mind. You can’t shake it and you keep falling short. You wonder why.
You may even feel such shame that you have been duped into believing that you deserve to be unhappy or that you deserve others to be angry at you. You sink further into despair and continue to make choices that cause you more shame and, ultimately, hopelessness. You wonder why.
Or maybe you’re in a relationship with someone whose actions have hurt you, and you can’t seem to forgive. You can’t shake the anger, disappointment, resentment, bitterness, or sadness. You wonder why.
Well, I’m here to tell you that your story is not over. God’s love story is still going on, and you are part of it. You can come back from whatever you’ve done and whatever despair or unforgiveness you find yourself in. How do I know? How can I speak so boldly to proclaim that this is true? Because God said so. In Jeremiah chapter 30, God said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you will be rebuilt.”
Don’t wait another day to forgive yourself or someone else. You can free yourself from the ongoing feelings that drag you down like a weighted vest. You can be rebuilt. And if you need help, then get it. God will walk you through if you choose to follow Him. After all, God loves you so much that He sent His son to die for you. You. For God so loved you!
I have been a counselor for over 18 years. I am an Associate Professor and the Department Head for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Georgia. I have counseled other through infidelity, addictions, anger, and bitterness. I have walked with them on the path of being rebuilt through God's love. Schedule an appointment with me.