You Are Embraced : Encouragement From Me to You

You Are Embraced

by Susan A. Smith on 10/31/13

I want to encourage you today Woman of God.   Take a moment to read this excerpt from my new book "I AM From A-Z for Women."  This book discusses 26 divine characteristics of Christ.  Each characteristic discussed is written with you in mind.  My desire is that every woman would begin to see herself as God created her, not being defined by experiences or another person's opinion.  I thought about which letter to share with you and decided on letter E for Embraced.  Read and enjoy!  If you like what you read and would like to read more, you can purchase this book at amazon.com or at www.susanasmith.net. 

 

 

Embraced

 

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)."

Ephesians 2:4-5

 

 

"You are worthy to be embraced. The scriptures say that God is rich in mercy. Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness toward someone who has the ability or power to harm.

 

God's mercy is extended towards you today and every day. Why? Because He loves you! Remember all of the sins you committed? I am not asking you to condemn yourself, but just to reflect to see the extent of God's goodness in your life. Even after we are born again, we often have the tendency to create idols in our lives. Sometimes, especially as women, we can put a man before God himself. We may not trade Him for silver or gold, but a man; now wait a minute. Some women can look at the sins committed and think to themselves, Wow, God sure does love me. He forgave me even when I rejected Him, turned my back on Him, and just flat out didn't care. When you think about all He has done in your life, you can begin to celebrate Him. You love and want to serve Him even to a greater degree due to the mercy He has graciously given you. 

 

Instead of receiving God's mercy and forgiveness, however, some women struggle with it all of their lives. It''s tough to have situations happen in your life in which you cannot seem to move on from that place of hurt, shame, and condemnation. Today the Father wants you to receive His love because, in spite of what you have done, God loved you enough to send Jesus to die on the cross for you.

 

Some women have a very hard time receiving God's love, because all the love that's been shown to them has been conditional. You do this for me; I will do this for you. God's mercy and love are totally unconditional. He loved you even before the foundations of the world. You were on His mind. He desires to extend all of His love and mercy toward you. You may be thinking; He wants me after all that I have done? Then you begin to run down your list of sins. That list becomes so long that you keep yourself from experiencing God's mercy and forgiveness. Let me just add a note: God knew what you were going to do before you did it anyway, and He still loves you! You talk yourself out of the forgiveness that is available to you. I know it may seem inconceivable, but it's not. Accepting God's love is just like receiving a gift. Someone gives you a gift; you say thank you; and you begin to enjoy the gift. Mercy, love, and salvation are gifts. You cannot work for them. You cannot earn them. They are gifts from God. Receive these gifts today. Stop rejecting the gifts. Yes, He still wants to call you daughter. Selah, (think about that).

God has forgiven you; now it is time for you to forgive yourself. He embraces you completely and totally, with no strings attached. You are worthy to be embraced, forgiven, loved, and cherished. See yourself as God sees you. Look at the love and mercy that was given to the woman in John 8. The religious people and the people in her town saw her one way. But Jesus saw her through a different set of eyes. He saw her as forgiven.  

Allow God to embrace you, no matter what others have said or what you have done. You are worthy to be embraced."

 

As always, comments are welcomed!  Be blessed and pass it on! 

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