And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Relate: There is nothing you can do that can make God love you more.
I know this, but all too often I ack as though I don’t. Do you? How often do I think that if I just pray a little longer or harder then God would be more likely to answer my prayer. How often do I feel guilty because I have not kept up with my Bible reading plan as well as I should? How many sermons have I heard, or preached, that can be summed up in these five words: “You have to do more”? Have more faith. Witness more often. Live more holy.
All of these things are good and important to do. But we are to do them because they are the right things to do. None of them, no program of holiness or roadmap to sainthood, could in any way earn any additional “brownie points” with God. There is nothing we can do that can make God love us more. His love for us is already infinite.
React: There is nothing you can do that can make God love you less.
“The moment I stepped through that door, the building would collapse.” More than once, I have heard someone say something along these lines when I have invited them to church.
I responded to one friend, “What makes you think you are so special. Lots of other sinners have found their way to church.”
He answered, “Trust me, you really don’t want to know.”
“King David was a greedy, murdering adulterer and he ended up writing half the Bible.” OK, so I exaggerated a little bit. Sue me.
My friend just shrugged. “Yah. Me too.”
That wasn’t quite the answer I was expecting, but from what I knew of his past, I realized he wasn’t lying. Here’s the thing, he actually did end going with me to church. More than once. And there wasn’t even the slightest shift in the building’s foundation.
God loves that young man. God loves me. He loves you. And there is absolutely nothing, not death or life, not angels or demons, not our past or our future, not the highest high or the deepest low, or anything else in all of creation that could ever even begin to separate us from that love.
When I look at You, and then I look at me… I am speechless. There is nothing in me that can justify the love You have so freely poured out on me. Nothing good in me could ever have possibly earned it and nothing bad I have done can ever take it away. Your unconditional, unstoppable love astounds me. Help me to love You in return by sharing that love with my world.