Oct 20, 2012

I am LOVED without limits {Romans 8:38-40}

Day 20 of 31 days - Part 2
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Today's Verse: None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.  Romans 8:38-39

Do you know that you can't do anything to make God love you less, and you can't do anything to make Him love you more?   He loves you in a way that is not dependent on what you do, or where you are (in your Christian process).  It boggles the mind. 

How often do we respond to God in a way that reflects knowledge of this love? Do we hide from God because we think He might be mad at us?  Do we avoid church because it makes us feel "guilty"? Or, do we worship Him with abandon because we KNOW that we aren't worthy of love, and yet...


How about the way we treat others?  Do we skimp on being loving to others because we are trying to hold some in "reserve" in case God's love runs out for us?  Do we hold back our love out of anger, disappointment or bitterness?

Recently God taught me a lesson about His love and how it flows through others.  I had a  friend who I had a falling out with several years ago.  Though we attend the same church, and could treat one another with civility, there was a brick wall of resentment, hurt pride and un-forgiveness that seemed impossible to get around.  As the years passed, I struggled with missing her, but not wanting to "lose", I allowed my selfish pride and pain to keep us apart.  When I was being honest with myself I also questioned whether or not I deserved to be her friend.  

At last God told me "ENOUGH", and asked me to apologize.  Regardless of who said what or did what, I had things to apologize for, and though I mentally dragged my feet, I knew I couldn't avoid it.  

So, I called her.   We planned to meet at a coffee shop, I went, not knowing if she would forgive me, or if she would tell me all the ways I hurt her, and reject me. 

I went, because God told me to love her lavishly (to read more about this type of love read this earlier post.) 

As I finished reading my apology (I wrote it out in case I forgot something), my heart in my stomach, I glanced at her for her reaction.  I was met with one of the most beautiful things I had seen in awhile.  Her smile, full of love and forgiveness, radiant and true.  It was as though God was smiling at me through her.  I felt His love in that moment.

I went to show God's love to HER, and she also had the opportunity to show God's love to ME.

She could have told me why should couldn't forgive me, but she loved me in my brokenness, and forgave me despite my brokenness.  That's how God loves me.  That how God loves you.  

That's how we should love each other.  That is how we should love the World. 

When we know that we are loved and allow Him to love others through us... without limits... then we are BEAUTIFUL!

1 comment:

  1. Oh I LOVE this so much!!!!!! How beautiful! I often OFTEN often think how vast God's love for us is. I can't even fathom it...often b/c i fall so short but doesn't everyone? We are so fallen. Thank GOD that He is forgiving beyond measure.


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