Today, let's focus on God's love for us apart from what we do.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body.
- As you breathe in, think, "I am loved..."
- As you breathe out, think, "... apart from what I do" (Romans 5:10).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- Where do I feel guilt either for not doing enough or for doing wrong?
- How is this performance mentality keeping me from you, Jesus?
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- How have I been guilting others over their actions?
- With specific people in mind, what would unconditional love look like toward them?
A closing prayer:
Father, you loved me when I was weak, lost, and your enemy. How much more can I count on your love for me now as your child?
Let this gospel-logic grip my heart - If you loved me then, you will love me now.
Allow your steadfast love to loosen my controlling grip on how I'm performing. Relax my muscles into your grace. And change my posture toward the people closest to me — that I might love them apart from what they do.
Peace be with you until next week,
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