Our viewpoints shape how we go about the day.
Call them world views. Label them as “the lens we see the world through”.
What we believe about the world…..it shapes how we view God.
Allow me to give you some examples:
—You have been hurt by others. Whether this is abuse, a broken heart, or some painful words–we sometimes make agreements with what we have encountered and we chalk it up as “just suck it up and deal”. The problem with this is we do not address the problem. The problem lingers and Satan moves in.
1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.
A roaring lion? Enemy? What sticks out here is we need to be alert and of sober mind. So we must be careful and filter what other people say to us. Is this true and is this true of how God views me?
—Your view of love is distorted. Being hurt by others can mess up our view of God; however, a bigger issue on how we view God is our view on love. Many movies and books are made that sell distorted views of love. Maybe you have been sold the idea that our relationships should consist of no arguments and no disagreements because this is “unholy”. Quite the opposite. God wants us to address the things in our hearts that bother us. On the flip side, you may have been taught that your relationship(s) are supposed to be full of turmoil often. In life, we will all have disagreements but turmoil all the time is not healthy. Know this–abuse of ANY kind is not acceptable. If you are being abused, seek help. And if you are abused, that too will distort your view of God and His love.
Romans 8:39–Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Nothing can separate us from God’s love. No person. No situation. NOTHING!
We must develop a healthy approach to how we view LIFE: events, situations, life changes, people.
What does healthy look like?
Healthy is making Jesus/God/Holy Spirit—our top priority. Our worldviews and how we approach life will align with God. We will view our relationships in a different light.
We will no longer view life as “what can we get out of it”. Instead, we will view life as “what can we contribute to better ourselves and society”.