If you're anything like me, you're a total softie for sweet words.
I truly am wasted for loving words. If I love you or even like you, I'll tell you so ten times a day. If I'm proud of you, I'll tell you so. If you did great at something, I'm going to make sure you know it. (And I'll probably brag on you to everybody else I know, too.)
And when people speak kind, loving words to me, they mean the world to me. Of course, they have to be backed up by actions–I'm not so naive that I'll believe words that are clearly spoken only to manipulate–but kind, sweet, loving words grip my heart. Every time.
Yup. I love words of affirmation.
But I'll bet you love words of affirmation too.
Think about the role that positive words have played in your life. Think about some of the sweet things people have said to you:
- Has anyone ever said anything that was precious to you, right when you needed it?
- Do you still cherish the memory of what they said?
- Do you remember how you felt when someone said sweet words to you–words that meant more than you could ever express?
That feeling you had when someone spoke kinds words to you is part of what it feels like to be loved.
No, really. Let me illustrate it again this way:
Think some about the people you love: your spouse, children, friends, family, church family, etc. Can you think of specific times when you have spoken encouraging words to them?
- Have you comforted them when they were sad?
- Have you complimented them when they look nice, or when they did something well?
- Have you told them they're great, just because you're overwhelmed with love for them?
If so, you did so because you loved them. You were reaching out with your words to love on someone else, and you used words of affirmation as your tool to show your love.
Words of affirmation are a huge way to convey love, affection, respect, esteem, honor, and everything else good.
That's why God is into words of affirmation. He thinks you're great, and He's beside Himself finding new ways to tell you so.
God's words of affirmation are all throughout the Bible. You can't help but be affirmed by God when you read it. He says:
- “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).
- “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1).
- “Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you; therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life” (Isaiah 43:4).
- “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love” (John 15:9).
Daddy God's words of affirmation go on, and on, and on. You could read them all day … all year … forever… and never come to the end of God's ministry through words.
And even though God's words of affirmation are found throughout the Bible, that's not the only place they are found! Try this experiment:
Sit down in a quiet room by yourself. Shut the door. Focus your mind on God, and then ask Him this question:
Papa God, how much do you love me?”
I dare you to do it… because I guarantee that He will surprise you.
Your Papa God will tell you how much He loves you, and how much fun He has spending time with you, and how wonderful He thinks you are.
Sit back and soak in His amazing words. This is what it feels like to be loved: to be affirmed by precious, loving words from someone who adores you.
God adores you, so He can't wait to tell you so. Will you let Him? Right now? After all, He's just that into you.
Did this message encourage you? Did you feel God's love while reading it? If so, please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Read the rest of the posts in this series:
- How To Feel Like God Loves You: My Story
- God's Physical Touch
- Quality Time: God Is All Over You
- Acts of Service: The Energizer Bunny Has Nothing On God
- Response to Reader Question: Is It Too Strange For God to Serve Us?
- The Gifts He Keeps On Giving
- Book Review: The Five Love Languages: The Secret To Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
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