Uncover the Love of Jesus
If anyone affirmed women’s innate worth, it was Jesus.
Jesus stooped to lift women out of their cultural inferiority and raised them to dignity and honor. Jesus affirmed women’s roles as His disciples (Luke 10:38-42), He welcomed them to travel with Him (Luke 8:1-3), He spoke with them in public (Luke 7:11-17 and Luke 13:12-16), He made time for them (Luke 8:43-48), He praised their faith (Matthew 15:28), and He made them the first witnesses of His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10).
Clearly, Jesus loves all of us, yet we often struggle to understand and embrace this deep love. In fact, the Bible tells us it takes divine power for us to understand the depths of God’s love for us (Ephesians 3:16-19). We keep forgetting how loved we are, so we go searching for love in all the wrong places. But our heavenly Father wants to lavish His love on us, and on others through us.
This was Jesus’ ultimate intention. On the hardest night of His life—the night He would be betrayed and condemned to death—Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. This wasn’t just a random act of kindness. Jesus’ love flowed out of His Father’s love: “Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1 NIV).
Jesus was not self-seeking. He was secure in His Father’s love for Him, so He held nothing back as He served His disciples. And He did it to call us to costly love: “I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. […] Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another” (John 13:15, 34 MSG).
Dear ones, we are loved—SO loved—by God in Jesus Christ. You don’t need to fight for scraps of self-love. You don’t need to pursue your own self-interests. You don’t need to cling to shreds of self-worth. Rest in God’s love for you, and then allow His love to flow freely through you to others.
Girl, may you understand how deeply you are loved so that you may live a life of love.
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