Back in December, we started thinking about how God speaks our love language. After all, He knows us better than we know ourselves, right?
Today, I want us to think about another “love language,” described by Dr. Gary Chapman as “words of affirmation.”
To me, this is a language that ranks high in importance. A sincere word of appreciation or encouragement spoken to me at just the right time means more than all the flowers in the world. (Although don’t get me wrong, I do like flowers.)
The Bible, God’s very WORD, is His communication to us. Its pages are filled with words that speak life into our hearts and serve as reminders of His great love for us.
God called His creation “good”
“And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them… And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good” (Genesis 1:27, 31a KJV).
In the very beginning, God called us good. We overuse this word a lot today, but it indicates something excellent and satisfying. We were made in God’s image, according to His design.
Now of course, mankind has deviated from God’s original plan in choosing to sin or disobey his Creator; but even in spite of the sin in this world, God continues to use His children for good.
We see this clearly in the life of Joseph. Despite all the wrong done to him by his brothers, he could still forgive them, because he knew God had worked good through his life. Joseph told his brothers, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20 KJV).
Don’t believe this world’s lie that you’re an accident, the result of time and chance. You are part of God’s “good” creation, and to this day, He works His plan through the lives of those who trust Him.
You are “Mine”
“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1 NKJV).
The Lord spoke these words to His people Israel, but since Jesus came to save both the Jew and the Greek, they speak truth for New Testament believers as well.
I have called you by your name; You are Mine.
That makes me stop and catch my breath. Wow. The God of the universe loves me and wants me. He knows my name. He calls me His.
It’s like that first-crush moment when a boy says, “This is my girlfriend” or “She’s with me.” Every girl wants to be wanted by someone.
I’ve got good news. God wants you.
This post is too short to contain all the words of affirmation that Scripture contains – all the more reason for us to spend time with God in His Word each day!
- We are his “bride” (Revelation 21:9 and other passages)
- We are “the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)
- We are the “children of God” (I John 3:1)
- We are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (I Peter 2:9)
However, there is a conditional responsibility. We are His bride only if we say yes to Him. We can only be the light of the world if we have His light in us. We are the children of God, because He has given us His abundant love, and we are therefore to go share the good news with others. We are “chosen” to go tell others about the marvelous salvation He freely offers.
There’s an old saying that says love’s not love until it’s given away. If you know the love of God, pass it on.