During Lent I’m reading a book called The Art of Surrender written by my friend Kat.
This is the blog post for yesterday’s chapter which was titled, ‘Surrender to God the way you see other people’.
I used to think that I loved others more than I love myself – but that was often a very shallow expression of an intense desire to please God and others.
I’ve actually started the process of healing and recovery so that I can have healthy relationships with others, and myself. I’ve discovered that I hate people more than I love people. I hate a lot of people. I hate myself.
Over the past four years I’ve had my eyes opened to these things and I’ve recently started to let God heal my heart and renew my mind. I’ve rebelled somewhat about letting things go – this area of seeing others with Agape is one of the areas of surrender that I am only just starting to explore for the first time now.
So this is a timely chapter for me.
In her book, Kat says, ‘When we surrender our eyes to God, and our opinions of others, He can teach us and enable us to see people through His own eyes. He can give us beauty for ashes, bringing glorious new perspectives in exchange for our old and broken worldly views.’ (Kat Gibson, The Art of Surrender, p30). That gives me hope as I strive to swap hate for love in my own relationships.
I hope it gives you hope too: to see others as God does and live in the freedom that surrender brings.