Painting and Paraphrase by DiVoran Lites
1 John 3:18-20
Humans talk a lot about love. But do you know what love is?
Get ready to practice my definition of love so you’ll know when you see the real thing.
One of the big things you need to know is that being hard on yourself blocks love for you and through you.
Self-criticism, guilt, and going over the past to see what you’ve done wrong goes against my idea of love.
If I want you to know something about yourself, I will tell you, no need to dig around and hurt yourself.
My conviction is timely and gentle. It will come as a relief, not as a tirade.
I am so much greater than your perceptions, worries, and judgements.
I know everything about you and that’s a lot more than you know about yourself.
Once you start putting your thinking under my control and stop condemning yourself, you are free and bold before me.
That’s when you experience the presence of my Holy Spirit flowing through you and setting things right.
That’s when you begin receiving whatever you ask in My name.
That’s when you can love others without judging them.