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IDENTITY

ASHLEY CRONEN

Psalm 94:18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD, supported me.

It has been said, “the meaning of life is to love and be loved.” To be unconditionally loved! However, where do we find unconditional love? The problem with love is that we crave it so much that we look for it in all the wrong places and become easily duped. In fact, many times we end up looking towards other people, and especially romantic relationships, to find that unconditional love. I’ll make the safe assumption that the majority of you who read this have been hurt at one time or another by someone you were in a relationship with, a family member, or a good friend. In general, you were hurt because you loved the person and you thought he or she loved you, too; but for whatever reason, that person let you down or just chose to stop loving you.

When we show love to someone and that person doesn’t show it back it hurts us. No one knows that better than Jesus Christ. God wants us to love him; he want’s us to love him with all of our hearts, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). God want’s us to find our ultimate satisfaction and identity in him. It is God who will unconditionally love you no matter what! It is God who will never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)! God is love, and there is nothing that he does outside of his love. People, however, are not love. People are never perfect and people are bound to make mistakes. If we place our identity in others, we will be eventually disappointed; but if we place our identity in God, we will never be disappointed, because God’s love is unfailing!

QUESTION 1. Have you ever been hurt by someone you love/loved? Explain.
QUESTION 2. Where would you say that you find your identity, your unconditional love (God or Others)?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to place your identity in God and rest in his “unfailing love!”