For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten… Son …God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. (John 3:16, 17; Amplified)
And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and [especially] wicked sinners came and sat (reclined) with Him and His disciples. And the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, Why does your Master eat with tax collectors and those [preeminently] sinful? But when Jesus heard it, He replied, Those who are strong and well (healthy) have no need of a physician, but those who are weak and sick. Go learn what this means: I desire mercy… and not sacrifice… (Matthew 9:10-13, Amplified)
Jesus was and is and always will be a safe place. He is the express image of the Father Who is love. Love creates a safe place for those who need it. And don’t we all need it?
…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)
Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]. (1 Peter 4:8, Amplified)
I am thinking of two people as I write this. The first is a young lady that was sent to me for help. She had been diagnosed with cancer and told she probably only had about 6 months to live. I often said of her that she knew the law, but didn’t know the love. For four years I loved her unconditionally.
She had been told all her life that she didn’t measure up to His word. She didn’t know His love. So I allowed His love in me to create a safe place for her. I was that safe place because of His love.
She got to a place where the doctors said they could do nothing for her. I kept telling her that He loved her and that He healed her because He loved her. I kept telling her that I loved her. When all hope was gone in the natural she finally received His love and she received her healing. She is now cancer-free. She needed someone to be a safe place for her during that four year battle with cancer. Love was that safe place.
The second person I think of is my husband. It’s sad that often times the people we are the hardest on are those we live with. I just had the most wonderful time at a marriage conference with my husband. The speakers shared many beautiful and helpful things that have already helped to improve our marriage. As I listened to the speakers, I also heard a still, small voice speaking to my heart. I heard God, Who is Love, tell me, “Be a safe place for him.”
Right now if you need a safe place. Run to God. Receive His love and protection. Then let His love flow through you and become a safe place for others.
For no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and carefully protects and cherishes it, as Christ does the church… (Ephesians 5:29, Amplified)