A Hug from God

So if the Son sets you free, you will free indeed be.

(John 8:36)

Do you need a big hug from God today?

Sometimes we feel all alone and vulnerable weak enough that someone could tip us over with a finger. You may just be needing a hug. A hug gives you the assurance that you are loved. Come to think of it, every day is a day when we need hugs. We yearn for love and acceptance and look to family and friends to extend it to us. Sometimes they meet our expectations, and other times they don’t.

While it is necessary to have people who’ll affirm us with words of affirmation or physical hugs, we have to remember to look to the source of love and receive the hug from heaven.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

A hug from God is a timely gift. His hugs soothe, comfort and calm. He is never late in offering His affection or too busy to stand still and embrace us. The Spirit gently caresses burdened shoulders and rubs out raw pain in the backs of believers. His compassion has never failed. His mercy is fresh every day. God’s hug holds on until healing occurs. He holds on tight.

Why Does God Hug us?

God hugs us to show we’re accepted and that He loves us. His arms around us protect and without words tell us that He’s got our back. He hugs when He senses we’re afraid or confused, when our world has become a foreign, unfamiliar place.

Furthermore, a God hug does not happen on the run, but while we stand still. He tells us to slow down and be still, let Him hold on to us. He tells us to rest in His arms so we learn to stay stationary by faith and trust the right activities will get done in the right time. When we schedule appointments to be loved by the Lord, we receive strength for the journey. Otherwise we exhaust our ability to encourage without the infusion of Christ’s courage. His hugs hearten.

How Does God Hug us?

God hugs in different ways. Sometimes it’s a feeling of peace when there shouldn’t be any. Other times He hugs us through his Word, speaking to a specific need we have at that moment. He’s been known to hug us through an unexpected blessing that came from a direction we weren’t even facing.

But most of the time, his hugs come to us from another human being. Some of God’s best work is by putting us on the radar screen of someone who may not even know what we’re experiencing. He tells them that we need a hug and we’re surprised when their arms encircle us and they draw us close.

And very possibly, they had just gotten a hug from God in a moment of defeat, or sadness or fear. And as they received the comfort, strength or encouragement from him. When you’ve experienced this, you’ve been ‘hugged’ by God!

We are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:5)

All of us need at least eight hugs a day. And mostly, we need to remember Jesus – Jesus, – The Savior, – Emmanuel, – Breath of Heaven, – Redeemer, – Morning Star, – Friend.

He loves us. There is nothing snowballish about Him. He came so that we could be free not flattened. Grab some grace and spread it around – Hug somebody – remember that the Light of the World loves you, without reservation.

Nothing compares to being hugged by God, even if He uses someone else’s arms!

So to get your Hug do this:

Close your eyes

Imagine God right there with you

Lift your hands like a little child reaching for his or her Daddy

Cry out: “GOD! HUG ME!”

And He will hug you.

You can share a brief prayer after: Heavenly Father, I receive your love and affection. Thanks for your comforting hugs just when I need them.

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