“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
I can’t remember where I first heard the phrase, “Hurting people hurt people.” But I know it’s true because I’ve been on both sides. The hurt-er and the hurt-ee. And judging by the level of hostility and violence in the world, I think there’s a whole lot of other hurting people out there too.
But things could be different. We could stop treating ourselves as our own worst enemy and start believing that the God who made us really and truly loves us.
We could listen as Andrew Peterson sings this song he wrote for his daughter and hear the voice of our Heavenly Father singing over us, assuring us of His love, comforting us in our weakness and healing our wounded hearts.
Lord, help us accept Your kindness so that we can learn to be kind to ourselves and in so doing extend that kindness to others along the way.