February 12, 2015

Top Reasons to Receive God's Love

It seems to me that technological advancement brings confusion into our lives. It’s easy to get out of touch with our inner truth when we’re so concentrated on the outer badges of “progress”. We may question many things, including the existence and validity of God’s love. That’s exactly how Satan wants us to think! 

How does Satan set out to destroy us?  I think the answer to that is multifaceted. The scriptures say he attacks our mind. He can confuse us, disrupt our plans, destroy our self-esteem, and throw unexpected tragedies in our path. All of these involve our mindset.

In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2, the title character states: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” In other words, nothing is either good or bad in itself; it’s all in our mind. While we may debate the ethics and morality of extending such an attitude too far, the basic concept remains: our psyches are the center for opinions and judgments—right or wrong.

What Methods Does the Devil Use?

  • He allows people to imprint demeaning thoughts in our mind. (Yes, even loved ones can be a tool for confusion and feelings of self-defeat.) My daughter does not give compliments to anyone…ever. Instead, she usually points out minor mistakes and argues. She’s similar to a Hollywood critic. If I were to hold fast to only her demonstrated opinion of me, I would think I rarely do anything right. I wouldn’t think I was worth much. That defeatist attitude is fully supported by the devil--who hates us all 
  • He clouds our thinking with trauma and disease. Some of us have chronic conditions that unbalance our pattern of thought. Others go through temporary trauma that may darken their judgment. It is difficult to think beyond these afflictions, and that’s exactly the mindset the devil is trying to achieve. He attacks our minds in many ways so that we will think we’re blocked from progressing.
What is the Solution?

The unconditional love of God is the first cure for a mind muddied by the metaphorical roaring of Satan. (Of course, professional help should be sought as needed.)  God’s love can heal us and strengthen us in many cases.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf  further explains God’s feelings for us: “Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” 

My Conclusion

We deserve God’s love in the same manner as imperfect earthly children deserve their parents’ love.  His unbounded love can heal us, clear our minds, and show us our true worth.

How has God manifested His love to you?

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