I recently started re-reading the book The Heart of the Matter by Dave Busby. I read it while I was in college and loved it. It’s a short book that packs a big punch. Lots of great insights and powerful reminders. Here’s one that really sticks out to me…
All of us, whether we’re one or one hundred and one are thirsty to be loved and accepted…for free, without strings or conditions
It’s a deep longing of our heart that is often met in less than satisfactory ways. We figure out what it takes to earn love and acceptance from those in our lives and operate from that place…Busby calls it “doing the dance”. The problem with that is it’s not free, without strings or conditions, and so it doesn’t really meet our need. Certain relationships come closer to meeting the need than others, but in the end they all fall short. Only God can really meet that need. Romans 3:23-26 teaches us about this.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
God loves you for FREE! I pray you let those words sink deep into your heart.