It's a new year and a fresh start.
I believe that I'd held on to destructive attitudes, mindsets, and behaviors because there was some small part of me that believed God loved everyone else, just not me.
Sure, He cared about me, but did He really love me in the all-consuming, passionate way the Bible says he does?
What reasons hold back your faith? If you look deeply as I've had to, you might find that the result is your own disbelief in His love and ability to care for you.
Many of us have been hurt by unpleasant experiences with people who claimed to love us. It's been conditional, manipulated, unrequited, disposable, and toxic. Having lived through an abusive relationship, I understand this well.
These painful experiences and the lasting effects are contrary to how God wants to treat us. The cross is His deepest expression of the lengths He'd go to love us.
But, understand that the enemy is the one who wants to keep you in that bondage of self-doubt. Satan can do great damage with lack of faith coupled with and an unchanged life.
It's time to stop just going through the motions and become a living sacrifice for God. Let's make this a year of loving mercy, walking humbly, and doing what is right.