28 Jul Scriptural Meditation: Love
Before I started my personal inner healing journey, I struggled to believe God loved me. I’m not alone; many people doubt God’s love, including quite a few who come to Agave Sozo for inner healing prayer counseling. One reason we tend to question God’s love has to do with the messages we received during our childhood. Imperfect families and imperfect people have taught us love is conditional based on our performance, our actions, and our behaviors. Having grown up with a flawed human construct of love, it makes sense that we would interpret God’s love through the lens of our childhood heart experiences.
There is hope! We’d like to suggest two ways to start apprehending the truth of God’s love. The first is Scriptural meditation. Try it. Take a moment to quiet your thoughts; choose one of the following verses; ponder what its message means and its implications in your own life. Picture how that scripture applies to you. Contemplate each word, each phrase, and let its truth begin to wash the negative heart messages away.
Choose one of these Scriptures for your time of Scriptural meditation:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 John 4:7-10
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
1 John 4:19
“We love because He first loved us.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
The second practice that can move you toward grasping God’s love for you is worship. I find worship to be a freeing act that allows my heart and mind to connect. Again, quiet your thoughts and take time to listen to this song; it’s one of my favorites, and it speaks about God’s overwhelming love for us.
It is possible to find fulfilling and complete love in the Father. Coming to believe God’s love for us is a process, and we’ll never arrive at the end of receiving more of God’s love. In the healing journey of moving toward His love, we may find one barrier is taken away or one wound is healed, only to discover another barrier or wound is waiting behind it. If your personal times with God are not enough to break through the impasses you’re facing, contact Agave Sozo and schedule a healing prayer appointment. We at Agave Sozo believe that all depression, sadness, and pain will cease in the presence of true love. Let our Sozo ministry in Chandler, Gilbert and Phoenix, guide you through finding a deeper level of love inside you and around you. I have witnessed clients receive transformational breakthroughs in my office after just one session. We believe God’s love is for everyone to experience, and we’re here to help you continue your process of personal freedom and transformation.
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