An awesome truth that we often hear among “believers” is that God loves us and this was true even while we were still sinners and didn’t know anything about Him or His love. Why then is it so hard for us to believe? Why do Christians live as if they are fatherless? The reason for this traces all the way back to Adam and Eve. When they sinned, they then found themselves hiding from their Father. After all this time and the death and resurrection of Christ, we are still living with the residue of what they did. Today, no matter how much we are told about God’s love, we sometimes act as if it is not true, many times seeing God through the lens of our life’s experiences, how others have treated us, or if things have gone well for us. This heartache may be so deeply tucked away that it is almost impossible to recognize. Some don’t come to Christ because of it; some try to be good enough to earn His love; still others become unable to serve Him with a pure heart because they think forgiveness is beyond their grasp. Whatever the outward manifestation, the root is the failure to believe that God’s love is so far reaching that it covered every sin for everyone for all time. Your very existence here is because He wanted you; yes, specifically you. We often read John 3:16 – God’s love for the whole world – and no longer see ourselves as a precious individual in His sight. Brethren, I encourage you to read Romans 8. It will confirm your position in Christ and His amazing love for you long before you committed any sin and long before anyone committed a sin against you. There is nothing you can do that is good enough to earn it and there is nothing you can do that is so bad that you are at risk of losing it. That revelation alone is enough to free us from any flawed mindset we may have about His love. It should either leave us standing in awe of Him or on our faces in humility. You see, it has nothing to do with our goodness, but everything to do with His goodness and who He is – LOVE!
Make a decision to believe what His Word says in the face of everything that attempts to tell you otherwise. And, if necessary, ask Him to help your unbelief. God’s wrath was once and for all satisfied in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17-19). It is our absolute faith in what happened through Christ that has repositioned us, now and for all eternity.
Rom. 8:38-39 – “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.”