“Wholeheartedness is allowing every part of us to be loved by God.”
And I think by extension this means allowing ourselves to accept every part of who we are. To accept that every part of us is loveable by God; even those parts that might not be loveable to anyone else.
At first I wasn’t sure that God does love every part of us. I wondered, does he really love the darkest places? I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that he certainly sees those places and he certainly loves us completely. As St Augustine said:
“God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.”
Psalm 139 asks:
“Where can I go to escape your spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there.
If I live at the eastern horizon,
or settle at the western limits,
even there your hand will lead me.
Your right hand will hold on to me.“
Whether I am perfect or at my worst, You are there.
My sin might hide you from me, but it never hides me from you.
That is so wondrous. You know me, and you love me; just as I am today.
And you will love me tomorrow, just the same.