Love Like This - Fully Known
Week Four, Day Six
March 30, 2019
We love to play hide and seek with our our hearts. The parts of our heart that surface are often dependent upon the demographic. For example, if you're a parent, your kid is somewhat different at school than they are at home.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says, "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
We spend our entire lives here trying to "find ourselves." I can say that I've found various traits here and there, but I've yet to nail down my persona as a whole and say unequivocally "yup, that's who I am."
What does this have to do with love?
It's like this - you'll never know the full extent of who you were before this moment, who you are to someone else in this moment, and who you'll be tomorrow. But for the one who knows you, you are fully known. For the one who sees you, you are fully seen. The parts of your past that haunt you, the pain you refuse to expose to anyone, the walls that are growing as you read this. The reason you haven't mastered this crazy thing called love. These things are fully known. You are fully known, and you are wholeheartedly loved.
Whatever you see of yourself or someone else is only one piece of the puzzle. Love anyway. That broken person you see in the mirror...love them anyway. It's true that you never know what someone else is dealing with that molds their behavior. You decide. You decide whether to love them anyway.
Lord, we are fully known and loved by you. We know that you are the only one who can see every bit of our hearts. You are the only one who created our inner workings and knows how to destroy every single wall. You are the only one who knows what we walk through and how that molds our abilities, strengths, personality, and the way we love, or the way we fail to love. God, thank you for understanding us and loving us fully. Help us to look at the missing pieces throughout this world, and understand that what we can't see matters just as much as what we can see. We love you. Amen.