We can all feel like our lives are adrift at times. When I’m off course, there are three simple phrases that help me remember who I truly am, and how Father created me to enjoy Him:

Live LovedLive FullLive Free!

To live loved means truly embracing Jesus’ unconditional acceptance, forgiveness and care. In John 13:34-35, after expressing His love to His disciples by humbling Himself and washing their feet, Jesus says, “…love one another in the same way I have loved you…” In less than twenty four hours after saying this, Jesus would demonstrate His ultimate love by dying on the cross (Romans 5:8).

Unfortunately, I often “live less loved” because I have a wrong perception of Father’s love for me. Like the two sons in Luke 15, I often either “run from God,” or “work hard to appease or impress God,” even though Papa’s love is actually always available and near. Whenever I do this I am living less loved. When I indulge in sin, I am living less loved. When I give in to anxiety over difficult circumstances instead of trusting Father, I am living less loved. The cross is the pivotal event opening the door for me to live in Papa’s love. As a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17) choose to live loved every day, every moment!

Jesus declared that a primary reason He came to earth was so that we might live full lives (John 10:10). Jesus builds on His live loved challenge in the next three chapters of John— “…Father will give you a Helper, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever…He lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17). Our ability to live a life of fullness comes from the empowering of the Holy Spirit. In John 15, Jesus says that our lives will be fulfilled and full of fruit if we will simply abide in Him. As we connect with Jesus, as we rest in Jesus, as we center our lives in Jesus—the excess life from Jesus that flows out of our lives will result in fruit(fullness).

The third phrase that keeps me on course is Live Free! Paul wrote, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. So stand firm and don’t get yourselves tied down by the chains of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). Jesus said, “If the Son has set you free— you are truly free” (John 8:36). Where do you need freedom: shame? guilt? fear? pride? witchcraft (manipulation, intimidation, domination)? sin management? addiction? busyness?

 What I’m essentially talking about is God’s grace. Because of God’s grace (His empowering presence) I can Live Loved every day. Because of God’s grace I can Live Full of power and assurance. Because of God’s grace I can Live Free!

When you feel your life is going adrift, let these three simple phrases be your compass.

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