At the beginning of January we started a journey, the journey of the Season of Epiphany where are being revealed to ourselves. We ask and we are shown who we truly are.
As we learn about different aspects of ourselves we are given the opportunity to love and embrace all these parts. As we allow the unloved parts to come out to play again and by accepting ourselves as we are, we heal.
The part of ourselves we hate or shun tends to draw attention to itself by acting out and causing trouble and become the wicked. Often, in response to our ‘unjust’ treatment this part of our personality becomes a nuisance, it becomes a constant bother in some way or another.
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11
Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. Proverbs 25:26
However, we should never forget that God loves us just as we are, every single bit of ourselves without exception.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, … Ephesians 2:8
We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
It is important that we remember that God loves us just as we are, there is no part of us that is not embraced by him. We, ourselves, cover our wicked self, hide it away from God’s love by shunning, hating, judging it.
We need to open up and find the way to the wicked parts then embrace them, forgive them, and forgive ourselves for judging and shunning these parts. Love them, care for them, and appreciate them all.
Actually, these so called ‘wickednesses’ hide some of our most valuable traits. It is not by accident that recently young people started to call awesome and amazing things ‘wicked’. Somehow they know that the ‘wicked’ hides some amazing essences of beauty and uniqueness within us.
So, how does God actively love us? He loves us through our own divine self. God’s Essence resides within us as soul or spirit. The more we embrace ourselves completely the more we can feel His everlasting Love for us and all the goodies that come with His love: a sense of peace, easy, warmth, feeling loved and embraced, kindness coming our way, and more.
We must, however, support ourselves in becoming whole again so His divine love can flow through us without being blocked by the ‘wickednesses’, by the parts that we shun about ourselves.