One thing I’ve always asked myself about toxicity and being in a toxic relationship is why? Why do women stay in these relationships that just eat them alive…and I have yet to find the answer, but what I have found is that the common denominator is insecurity and a life without Jesus. Now, I know that was intense…I know I just said ‘that’, but it is the truth and we are ALL women here, so I am not shaming you. I can’t shame you for your circumstances, I can’t tell you that you are wrong, but I’m also not going to allow you to let you sit there and allow someone, a man to take advantage of you and be God to you. Jesus loves you. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 it says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs." 1 Corinthians is one of my favorite books in the Bible because it talks about love and how Jesus was crucified for us, for our sins, yet it’s so easy for us to NOT glorify Him, but instead glorify an imperfect human being. Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 2 was powerful to me because although he was a vessel spreading the mysteries of the Lord, he made sure that he never said wise things from his mind, but instead he chose to always follow God’s heart and His word. It’s important that us as Christians stay focused on Him in a world that’s focused on people. After years of brokenness and toxicity, I’ve realized that Jesus Christ is your only answer. You can continue searching for love and perfection within people, but you will never find true love until you search for Jesus and understand His love for you first. I know this sounds crazy, but when you understand God’s love, you will just feel different from the inside. God’s love is the answer and God’s love will allow you to see worth and value from within. XO
Verse of the Week: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." — 1 John 4:16
Weekly Challenge: Evaluate the relationships in your life and evaluate God’s involvement in those relationships and within yourself. Pray to seek him and challenge yourself to understand his love more by reading His word, worshiping, and ministering to those who need to understand Him through the Holy Spirit.
Sound of the Week: Elevation Worship — O Come to the Altar