by Pastor Tim Burt
Every person goes through times in their life, when they struggle with their self-worth and concerns about how people view them. There are times where your confidence level crashes—even when things for the most part are going alright. There are times when you have self-doubts as to whether you can really accomplish what lies before you. At those times, we all look in the mirror and think, Lord, I so need your help today! Some people have periodic bouts with this but others live feeling like this constantly. This is why affirmation is such a blessed and godly thing.
Though it seems like our patience level and our kindness can have a tank that reaches empty with people far too quickly, that is not true with God. God affirms that His love for you will never run out of gas! Jeremiah 31:3 says "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself."
Though we fail people in how we should love them, and though people may not love us the way we want to be loved, God is the Father of all fathers and His love never fails. He counts us as His very children. 1 John 3:1 says, “See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are His children." Others might not get it, but we are loved by God and are declared as His children! Children have favor with their parents and we have favor with God! Now that’s affirmation!
I can’t overemphasize the importance of purposing to see the good in people and affirming whatever good you can find in them.
All my married years I’ve made sure that I told Renee she is beautiful inside and out. I have continually affirmed my children’s strengths all their life. I believe God has used that to help their confidence and to help them stay motivated. I want them to know the good I see in them. Most importantly I have affirmed my love for them. Actually, I try to do this everyone where I go. I do because it is so empowering and people are blessed to be affirmed. Tell me, are you feeling affirmed right now? Doesn't it feel good?
Affirmation strengthens marriages. Affirmation strengthens relationships. Affirmation strengthens people’s resolve. People aren’t perfect and that is their own reality that the devil highlights and uses against them. Then need your love and affirmation! And in saying this, I am not suggesting you offer fake compliments. That isn’t profitable. But what is profitable is looking for the good in them and affirming them in it! You can turn someone’s entire day around with a kind word of affirmation. You can bring a renewed strength to them. That is the power of it. It is a God-thing! God continually affirms His love for you in His Word! Learn from Him and put it to work in your life and bless someone today. And trust me, in the long run, it will bless you back again and again!
Proverbs 12:25 (NIV) "An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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