“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written:
‘For Your sake we are killed all day long: We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39 NKJV
In 2010 I attended a writer’s conference and it was so impactful. During the closing session, each woman left prayers at the cross on the stage and we took away a card with Scripture. My card had these verses on it. They are a sweet reminder to me that God doesn’t love us because of what we do, but who we are. Because of who we are, He allows us to be part of His work here on earth.
Sometimes when I discipline my kids, they say I don’t love them. I usually respond by saying, “I will always love you! There’s nothing you could ever do to make me stop loving you. I may not like what you do, but I will always love you. Even if you’re in trouble at school and go to the principal’s office, I will still love you. Even if you get bad grades, I will love you. If you break my favorite mug, I will still love you. If you disobey me, I will still love you. You are my child and I will never ever stop loving you.”
That’s how God feels about you and me, friend. Nothing we do will ever make God stop loving us. He may discipline us, but He does it out of love. He will come after us when we’re lost and have gone astray. He will protect us when we’re under attack. He will let nothing in the world separate us from His love. Thank you, Lord!