Day 17: Fear and love

I think your mythology would call them fallen angels. War and hate are their business, and…one of their chief weapons is un-Naming - making people not know who they are. If someone knows who he is, really  knows, then he doesn’t need to hate. -Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door

God loves us. When I’m not finding my worth in God, when I’m looking to find it in other people, in my own goodness and accomplishments, that’s me not knowing who I am. Who I am is a child of God. Really, that’s it. That’s where I get my significance. I have important roles like daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, and those are worthy titles, but they are not who I really am.

In the past when I’ve been depressed, part of that struggle has been a forgetfulness of who I am. I forget that God loves me, and I look for my significance for others or in stuff. That’s a continuous temptation.

When I don’t know who I am, when I forget that I am loved, when I look to other people for affirmation, I am often disappointed. God designed for his love to fulfill us, but we are tempted to look for significance elsewhere. God has redeemed us through Christ’s sacrifice, and he loves us. 

Daily, I must remember, he loves me.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

How is God reminding you that he loves you?

How can you remind yourself daily? Consider writing out a verse in a place that you will see every day.