WALLS. WE ALL HAVE THEM. They protect our fragile souls. They keep the enemy from hurting us again and again. They provide a facade – a mask – of our true selves.
From an early age, we begin to build our walls strategically placing blocks one on top of the other. Each time we are rejected, evaluated, or made fun of another block is stacked into place. We learn to guard our hearts because being vulnerable hurts. People are all to quick to want to pull us down. Yank us into their judgemental world. Love us only when we meet their standards.
But God’s love is different. It is rare. He loves us no matter who we are or what we have done. He loves us because we are His. He lovingly formed each one of us creating us unique in His eyes. Only He knows who we really are and why we hide behind our walls.
So how do we break through our walls and the walls of others? How do we love like God? Unconditionally. Aren’t we all worthy of being loved by each other as God loves us?
It starts by caring. By affirming our goodness and worthiness.
I attended a retreat once where I received trinkets of love and notes all weekend long from people I didn’t know. This act of love impacted me deeply. My wall told me I was unworthy to be loved like this. Yet, their acts of love began to penetrate my wall. Their words told me I was worthy. Their prayers lifted me up. Just…because…I… existed.
I didn’t have to perform. Speak. Tell of my past. Because I was God’s child, I was worthy of their love.
We can all learn to love like this. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, the apostle Paul states, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” In Romans 12:10 he encourages, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
The act of putting others first – affirming their goodness “just because” – will be what ultimately begins to tear down walls. As we are loved unconditionally, our walls will come down little by little. Our true selves will be exposed. Open. Vulnerable. Yet strengthened to love others in the same manner.
Will you begin to receive the genuine love others offer? Trust God to open your heart and eyes. Then as you receive, you will start to pour out the love that overflows from within.
True love – unconditional love – penetrates walls.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29, NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord. Help us to love others as You love us. May we not judge, reject, tear down, or hurt others in any way. Let us love one another for their uniqueness in You and just because they are Your child. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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