Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | May 8, 2014

God’s unconditional love frees us from the love idol

Love IdolWhat woman doesn’t wrestle with the longing to be valued, loved and respected?  Why are we always seeking the approval of others over the approval we already have in Christ?  How awesome it is to hold in our hearts the approval of God without doing a thing to earn it, but yet we still crave the praise of those around us–our parents, our husbands, our friends and even our children.

What an exhausting life we live when we are constantly working to get the praise and adoration of those around us.  Jennifer Dukes Lee calls what we are striving for the “Love Idol”.  She shows us how the unconditional love of God can free us from the love idol.  We can experience a freedom like we’ve never known when we throw down the desire for perfection in order to gain the praise of others and accept God’s love and approval instead.

We now have permission not to be perfect.  I’m all for that.  No more perfect so others will accept me.  No more hiding my mess (well, maybe a little).  No more exhaustion.  Lee has been there.  She’s struggled with approval like the rest of us.  Her insight into how to see ourselves the way God sees us–valued, loved and worth more than gold–is priceless.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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