Embrace His Love and Forgiveness
By Victoria Osteen - May 19, 2009
In this day and age, the word "love" can be used in just about any context. We "love" our family or soul mate, and we also "love" a good movie or pizza? It's no wonder people get so confused about the subject of love. One thing is certain: every person on this earth was created with a deep longing to give and receive love. We develop our personal definition of love by the way we were raised and what we saw modeled in our homes growing up. Whether they realize it or not, most people have a picture of God in their minds based on what their relationship was like with their natural father. If their earthly father was kind and supportive, it's easy to see God the same way. On the other hand, if their earthly father was unavailable or distant, it can be difficult to see the unconditional love that God so freely gives. I encounter so many people who have a misconception that God is always mad at them. When things don't go well, the first thing they say is "Well God, you did it to me again!" It's as if they think God is just waiting for them to do something wrong so that He can punish them and make their life miserable! Let me assure you right now, that is the farthest thing from the truth! God is not mad at you, He is madly in love with you! In order to truly love your life and live the way God intends, you must understand and embrace this fundamental truth. It doesn't matter how many times you've made a mistake, it doesn't matter how many times you've blown it; God is always ready to receive you with open, loving arms. In fact, He's already forgiven you for anything you've done in the past, and anything you will do in the future. All you have to do is ask for His forgiveness and accept it. Just imagine God in front of you right now with His arms outstretched, ready to welcome you. Don’t run away from Him; run toward Him. Simply take a step of faith to embrace His love and forgiveness today!