Posted on June 21st, 2019
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
… Vital to every soul that needs healing (all of us) is the knowledge that God is absolutely good, and that He loves us with the kind of love capable of radically changing us. 
It is an awesome thing to be the object of God’s love. His love is active and skillful, consuming and mighty. He discloses Himself, and in the process breaks up our misrepresentations and heals our fears. Wonderful freedom comes to those who place themselves utterly in His hands. Yet the enemy prowls about, conjuring up dark illusions in a relentless effort to dissuade us from our God. Too often we hold back, wary of what God might do with us if we abandoned all else and yielded to Him fully. Still, He is good. To every seeker who opens the scriptures, to every needy soul who lifts their eyes to Him, our loving God imparts true symbols, true knowledge of His character, His ways, even His name. It is His holy desire that all would confess, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Gracious Father, we thank you for pursuing us in Your love. We thank you for desiring relationship with us, and for giving Your Son that we might know you truly and wholly. Thank You that Your Spirit is already at work within us. Release in us greater courage and trust that we might lay down every reservation and be cleansed of every confusion. Increase our desire to know You in Your absolute goodness. You are worthy of all honor and glory and praise, now and forever.
 Leanne Payne, The Healing Presence (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 1995), p. 132.
Painting: Václav Mánes, 1832, Healing the Blind Man, [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons