|“Stay close to your Lord, not because you sense He wants you, but because with Him you find the blessing. And when you obtain the blessing, you are ready to give it to others that want it.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you … to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:14, 16, 19
How do you know when you are loved? As you think through the possible answers, you conclude that you are loved either because you believe the veracity of the one saying it, or your expectations regarding what it means to be loved are met. But what if the one telling you that you are loved doesn’t meet your expectations? Can you then question his veracity? Apart from breaking the negative commandments of God, the answer is no. For example, Paul says that discipline is an expression of love, yet the one disciplined probably won’t agree that he is loved.378 But if a man says to his wife, “I love you,” and then divorces her, she can conclude that he wasn’t telling the truth.
Scripture belabors the point that God loves you, but He does not say that others ought to make you feel loved. For example, Paul says, “Husbands, love your wives.”379 He does not say, “Husbands make sure your wives feel loved.” God brings many painful things into your life, expecting you to believe that He loves you based on the veracity of His word, rather than on your experience or feelings. The Bible commands that you love others, while insisting that His promises are enough to sustain you when you are in an environment in which you don’t believe you are loved by anyone other than Him.
If a person says, “You don’t love me,” either there is something terribly wrong with the relationship, or that person is trying to manipulate you, i.e. – “I will not affirm your love toward me unless you meet my expectations.” If you have to prove your love by meeting the expectations of another, you will never succeed. Such an endeavor is like trying to fill a bottomless pit. If your promise that you love him is not enough, you will never have a satisfactory relationship with him.
378 cf. I Corinthians 5
Jeremiah 1-2 1 Timothy 3 (New King James Version)
1 Timothy 3
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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