Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14
Back in September as I was preplanning topics for this series, I knew what the final topic would be. I also recognized everything connects back to this topic. I probably could have written one post and been done with it, but there has been such healing and joy in the process of writing every day for 31 days.
It has been a journey of love.
It was love that cast out fear and brought peace.
It was a deeper understanding of God’s love for me that allowed me to forgive myself.
It was love from the people around me that made room for safety and hope.
It was the love of God that has given me grace.
It has been love opening my eyes to beauty both around me and in myself.
I can look back on every gift I have received over these last years and months and at the root of everything is love.
What I have received was freely given. There are not conditions and strings attached. All I had to do was be open to receiving those gifts.
My journey of healing is not completely finished. There are still parts of my heart that are hurting. I will keep moving toward a place where there is total restoration.
New challenges and hurt will come
my way. I know I will never be completely free from pain this side of heaven. What I want to remember moving forward is the importance of keeping love at the center.
Love is being demonstrated to me in countless ways. From that abundance, I can only pray love is also spilling out of me and into the lives of those around me. It is so tempting to make things all complicated and confusing, but maybe it is really simple. Love God first. Love those around me. Trust this is enough.
End Note: I am so thankful for this challenge and the journey of blogging for all 31 days. Thank you to those of you who have read my full story. After 31 days, I am ready for a little break. If you are coming in at the end and would like to go back and read the entire series, click here.