Security and significance are two essential elements of emotional health. If we feel we are safe from harm as well as safe from rejection and loneliness, we are blessed with those two essentials. Additionally, if we know that we are viewed with affection and appreciation by at least some of the people who matter to us, that gives us a sense of value.
Consider what God’s Word says in Romans 8 about our security and significance. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (v.31). Later we are told that nothing can separate the believer “from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (vv.35-39). These verses indeed show how much God truly values us!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor 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 NIV)
Even the best of human love is insufficient to give us the security and significance we need. Why? One reason is that man’s life is fleeting. People grow old and die, and love eventually comes to an end. Another reason is that in personal relationships, we know that people are sinful, fickle, and unfaithful.
If we expect another human to fill the heart, mind, and soul with the spiritual love of God we will come up empty. Yes, the love of that special someone can often times work miracles in the emotional psyche, but it cannot save you from your human element of your carnal being. Human love is one of the most powerful elements in the universe, but because it is only human, it can only satisfy the human side of our psyche. We need the eternal love of God, who is love. He views each of us as priceless. And the gospel reveals that we have such love in the Person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. His love will never let us go.