Are you like me?
I have a hard time accepting people’s kindness and love. As you can imagine, I sometimes struggle with God’s perfect love as well.
I lived my life believing that I had to earn God’s love. (Which is impossible, if you were wondering.)
But I set unrealistic expectations on myself of how I needed to live so I could receive God’s love.
I failed miserably. Everyday. And I still do.
I found myself chasing after the wrong kinds of “love” while running away from God’s love.
I battled with numerous addictions over a period of time and struggled with believing that God could never love or use me again. It was a heartbreaking thought; God giving up on me.
Here is the good news: God doesn’t give up on His people.
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Rom. 5:8 NLT).
I wanna focus on the word “while.” While I was living in the sin of my addiction, God loved me.
While I was battling with my sin, God loved me. And by His grace, I found the strength to turn from those sins and follow Jesus.
He doesn’t require us to get to an imaginary finish line before He comes to save us. He meets us where we are and walks with us.
I’m not sure where you find yourself today. Maybe you feel far from God. Maybe you feel enslaved to sin. But God has shown His love for sinners through Christ. And this love that draws us to repentance is a love that never fails.
“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” (Rom. 8:38 NLT).
Nothing we do is going to change God’s love. No matter who you are or what you’ve done, those who belong to Christ are never far from the love of God.