To ask who is God, we must first answer what is love.
In love there is gentle correction and then acceptance of being human.
proverbs 17:9 tpt
“Love overlooks the mistakes of others, but dwelling on the failures of others devastates friendships.”
Last week, I had an epiphany: I am sensitive to verbal criticism. Although, I will accept the correction, I will rehearse the event the prompting event (over and over again) that preceded the comments and think, “What could I have done differently?”. Not surprisingly, my strongest love language is ‘words of affirmation’. What writers and/or people who love to read don’t enjoy verbal affirmation?
So this week, I was mauling over this realization and how we often interpret correction as attacks to our character. If you miss a question on a test; you are still the same person. If you forget to pay a bill; you are still the same person. If you misjudge a situation; you are still the same person.
Then God was said, “I love based on who you are and not what do you. I am not a performance appraiser. This is why I still called David a man after my own heart, even after all the things that he did (adultery, murder, failure to acknowledge rape of daughter by son etc.) . His spirit was convicted but I accepted that he was human and would make mistakes.”
David knew that he missed the mark multiple times, but that never stopped him from moving forward and basking in God’s gift of mercy. When we mess up, we are corrected and then accepted by God, but never condemned. God is simultaneously honest with us about our shortcomings and showing us loving compassion!
Until Weekend Wellness,