“God couldn’t love me. Not after what I’ve done.”
I hear this sometimes. Maybe not those exact words. But some form of them.
Sure, we know the words to “Jesus loves me” and, on some level, mentally agree that they’re true. But then life goes on, things happen—sometimes terrible things, and we doubt God’s love.
And there are consequences to that doubt.
-When we doubt God’s love, we are more self-deprecating.
-When we doubt God’s love, we are less confident.
-When we doubt God’s love, we put limiters on the amount of love we’ll give. Maybe because we think it’s a limited commodity.
Before I had kids, I remember a new father telling me that he loved his daughter so much that he’d do anything for her. He’d put his arm in a blender or jump in front of a train if that meant he’d make her safe.
Now that I have children of my own, I totally get it. It’s a limitless love.
If my children do something bad, it would bother me. After all, I want the best for them. But there’s nothing they could do that would make me love them less. I’m all in with love for those three little wonders.
And that’s how God feels about you.
Writing to the Galatians, Paul said, “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:36).
No matter what you’ve done, and no matter how far you’ve gone, fear not:
You’ve never fled or fallen too far for the welcoming embrace of God.
By Matthew Ruttan