The Flourish Conference
Celebrating 30 Years of March Retreat, Devotional #24
We hope by now you have received your 30-Day Devotional Guide created by your Flourish Committee. If you haven't, we may not have a correct address for you. You can find a printable pdf version of the Devotional on our website www.theflourishconference.org or at www.cggcwomen.org. Over the next several months, we will be posting each devotional on our blog as well, helping us to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Today's blog post commemorates the twenty-fourth year of the March Retreat.
#24 2015 Speakers: Char Binkley; Marie Monville
Musicians: Gethsemane; CrossPoint; Jay & Chelsie Moss 4D Love
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
What a critical truth for us to grasp! For too long, I struggled to believe that God loves me. I could understand and accept that God loves the whole world, but I had such a hard time believing He loves me because I was so focused on all of my failures and faults. I didn’t feel lovable at all, so I could not accept the love of Christ, much less anyone else. Praise God! He didn’t leave me in that state. He first showed me that my brokenness kept me from experiencing His love. He helped me face the issues that kept me broken and taught me how to walk in His truth. He graciously poured out His love into my heart day by day until I could understand with my heart—not just my head—that He loves me. I could give up my habit of striving to earn His love yet never feeling good enough because His love melted away every doubt. It didn’t happen overnight, but over time as I spent more time with Him in His Word and in prayer. The more time I spent with Him, the more I began to accept His gracious love, and the more I began to grasp how high and wide and long and deep His love for me is, the more it transformed my life.
When you understand how great God’s love for you is, you begin to live boldly for Him, holding nothing back. There is no need to hold back anything from a God who loves so deeply! And when we hold nothing back, we experience the fullness of God in Christ. There is no greater joy than this! If you feel unloved or unlovable, don’t lose heart. The King of the universe loves you, and He is waiting to show you just how much. Don’t settle for anything less! You are loved.
Author: Kathy Foor