Blog

blog 

Living Life Loved!

Posted on

0 Comments

I wonder how many of us really know what it is like to 'live life loved'!

Every child of God ought to know but there are times when our vision is marred by much busyness or clouded with trials and suffering.

Perhaps you may be among those who haven't yet bowed the knee as it were and humbly confessed to God that you are the sinner for whom Christ died. It's not too late you know! Where there's life, there's hope. But don't wait because tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us!

I have a prime example for you of what it means to live life loved. Please excuse me for forming an inspirational thought one more time around our beloved cat called Teddy, but every day of his almost twenty year old life he has been truly loved and has enjoyed the benefit of such love for all to see.

He may not have lived for so long if he had to fend for himself in the wild or if he had not been part of our family. But God gave him to us to look after and care for - and we did ♥

He didn't have a concern at all - his every need has been attended to, and in old age when certain issues associated with advancing years caught up with him, he has still revelled in our careful attention and care.

Long after his so called 'nine lives' had run out, (and Teddy has been living on borrowed time for a long while,) he proved how important it is to be loved, no matter whether we are thinking of a beloved pet or a human being.

When it was time for us to say a final 'good bye', the quietness, rest and calmness that comes with being loved remained with him right to the very moment when he passed away.

Although we miss his lovely character and presence each day we are comforted to know that God does all things well and he was released quickly from the suffering that came upon him very suddenly without warning.

~~~~~

Living life loved is having the ability to appreciate being the object of the Father's desire to make us His own,
and appreciating what we have been brought into even though we don't deserve it.

After having trusted fully in His beloved Son who died as our substitute to bare away the penalty and power of our sin we have heaven's resources from which to draw in any situation. All of those resources are found in Christ, our Lord and Saviour, our great Shepherd, our refuge, and friend.

Once a person is 'born of God' there is no need to ever be found wanting. This is why the Psalmist tells us in Psalm 23 that: 'because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.'

It is all too easy to feel vulnerable, lonely, and weak when situations and circumstances come upon us with seemingly overwhelming power. Living life loved is the last thing on our minds, but that is the very opportunity when the tender loving care of God can be demonstrated and confirmed in our souls.

Here is an encouraging verse from the Bible:

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
1 Peter 5: 6-7

Our English translated Bibles overlook an important little thought that is well worth mentioning here; for the writer is telling us that God is inviting us to cast all our cares and concerns upon Him because - He cares for us with a tender loving care. (Rather like that of a shepherd tending to the needs of his sheep.)

What a lovely thought!
Would sheep have any concerns about their well being when cared for by a good shepherd?

Therefore in order to appreciate what it is like to live life loved we need know and have confidence in the One in whom we are trusting. He will certainly take care of every detail of our lives, especially those moments of impossibilities we experience from time to time.

The Bible tells us:

"Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4: 12

Teddy didn't have a care in the world because we looked after his every need and looked after everything he couldn't do for himself. So we ought to have the very same unquestioning trust and attitude towards the lover of our souls, and the promise of His tender loving care for His people.

It can be quite fascinating to find that there are sometimes big lessons to be learnt from little things, (or pets,) that others would overlook, and in this case I believe we ought to be thankful to the Lord for Teddy.

Teddy
15/05/97 - 13/03/17

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Add a comment:

Leave a comment:

Comments

Add a comment