Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Henri Nouwen said, "Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am a chosen child of God, precious in God's eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in everlasting embrace."
If we truly believe the truth that we are the Beloved, we will find it more and more natural to treat ourselves and others with love, and live the way we were designed to live.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We are dearly loved children of the Living God. Nothing can separate us from God's love.