15 October 2014

when we feel far off

Sometimes we just need to be reminded.  We need a nudge that says, "I see you." 

This might be for you.  Or it might just be for me.

Absolutely nothing on this earth can separate you from the Love of God.  There is not a single solitary thing that can remove you from His presence.  It don't matter what's been done. {For some reason the poor grammar feels right there.} 

If you have had a string of days that just feel like they are sagging with defeat; I promise you, He is with you.  And He isn't judging you.

If you have stopped looking to Him for guidance, and instead have been searching all around you; He stands ready to guide you again.  Just ask, He will lead you well. 

If you believe you've gone too far, sinned too much, crossed the uncrossable line -- let me clear something up.  You can't go too far.  You can't sin too much.  There is no line you can cross that can't be crossed back over.

God in heaven sent His Son for you.  Not for your good choices or for how awesomely you follow rules.  He loves you.  The good, the bad, and the ugly.  He sees it all.  He loves it all.  He always has.  He always will.

It don't matter what you done.  {The poor grammar works here too, I think.} Jesus is bigger than all of that.  Always.

And get this, in restoring you, He redeems the mess for His good purposes.  Always.  Without fail.

It just seems too good to be true sometimes.  Fairy-tale-like love.  Unmatchable on this earth.  Which is why we need to be reminded sometimes.  It is uncommon.  It is beyond our comprehension.  It fills us up and holds us close.  It is a million contradictions of what we understand with our human minds because it is heavenly.  Otherworldly.

And its for you.  For me.  For all of us.  For always.

Whatever you face.  Believe in this love.

No matter how many tears stain your pillow tonight, He sees each one.  He so tenderly sees your hurt. Believe in His love for you.  No matter what.

Unfurl your clenched fist and open your hand to His. 

Now read these words and let them settle in around the rough spots.  Read them all and hold them tight. 
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:31-39
This is our hope.

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