One of the greatest lessons to learn, regardless of when, is believing other people when they tell you that they care about you, love you, and value you. This is also one of life’s hardest lessons when you have to believe people when they say these things, not for anything you do or give, but simply for being you.
This is one of the things that I tend to struggle to believe. Life tends to demand so much of us and it is tempting to think that people only hang around us because they want something from us, something in return for their friendship. It is easy to become a relational cynic. At one point in my life I was stuck in that place. But God continues to break down the walls and the remnants of my cynicism. He continues to teach me how to love people for who they are and take joy in their friendship just because they are who they are, rather than because of something I can get out of it. Not only that but He continues to show me that others can feel the same about me. Others can love me for who I am and take joy in my friendship because of who I am, not just because I have something to offer or give them.
To some of you, this may sound like a no brainer, but for others this may be something you have faced before or currently face. For all of us, being loved and appreciated and considered a blessing just for who we are is a great gift. Even if we don’t see this in our lives presently, or in the lives of those around us, there is one who always loves us. Our God loved us enough to save us from our sin even when we were utterly lost in it. He sent his son Jesus to take the punishment we deserved. He freely gives us the gift of salvation if we believe in Him. My prayer for you, reader, is that even if you doubt the love of others for you, that you would begin to grasp the great love that God has for you and that in understanding God’s love for you your doubts concerning the love of others would fade as well.
I am still learning this lesson, but by the grace and mercy of God I am learning it and believing it more and more each day.