Romans 5:8

Hi Guys!

If you follow me on instagram you guys might have seen one of my recent posts.  It was dedicated to my favorite bible verse, Romans 5:8.  I found myself writing the caption and realized that I could write so much more, so here it is.  I am Roman Catholic, and my faith has been a huge part of my life since high school, but this post is not going to be about studying bible, or why everyone should believe in God.  This is about what I have learned about love through these simple words:

“I loved you at your darkest”

Through out my life it has meant so many different things.

In high school this verse helped me love myself.  It was not an easy time for me, I had been going through a lot of different things with my body image, my friends etc.  I had messed up so many times and I had a lot of doubt in myself.  I’ll never forget the moment I heard those words for the first time “I loved you at your darkest”.  For me that meant that somewhere out there, there was someone who loved me unconditionally.  That meant that no matter what I had done in my past, no matter who I was, someone still loved me.  If someone else could love me that way, then I can love myself, that love is something that everyone deserves.

Later in life I began to see these words in a different way.  I saw it as myself saying them to others.  I realized that if everything you do is out of love, amazing things will happen your life.  Personally I began to see the world in a different way.  I no longer judged people based on their pasts, or their appearance but I learned to actually get to know people and to strive to see the good in every one.  I know it’s not realistic to go back and forgive everyone who’s wronged you but just letting go of hatred or regret is an amazing start.

It is so easy to love someone when things are going great.  It is hard to love when someone has messed up.  But if you can do that, then that is real love.  This is what everyone deserves, and what everyone should strive for in their friendships and relationships.  This is the type of love that lasts.

I hope those who read this, first learn to love themselves unconditionally, and then help others to do the same.

xoxo,

Annalisa

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