“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8: 38-39 (NLT)
As a child who grew up in church and accepted Christ into my life at an early age, I’ve heard numerous messages about how much God loves me and how much He desires the best for me. With child-like faith, I hung onto those very words believing that God’s love was endless and unconditional.
It wasn’t until I became older that I began to struggle with believing that God really and truly loved me. I was what some may consider “a good girl.” I didn’t go out and do the things that people consider the noticeable sins: I didn’t smoke, drink, wasn’t promiscuous, or commit any of the “big sins” — by the way, there is no such thing as a “big sin” or a “little sin”; SIN IS SIN– but I still sinned. And the enemy is so cunning and crafty in that he couldn’t wait to fill my mind and thoughts with negativity as soon as I made a mistake. His assignment is to hold us captive to our sin which causes us to feel guilt, shame, and condemnation (which is not of God). How many of you have experienced the enemy telling you that “God doesn’t love you anymore because of your mistakes”, or that “God doesn’t want a sinner like you”, or that “you’ll never be anything different than who you are right now”, or that “if your mother, father, friend, spouse, or child didn’t love you, then nobody else will?” How many of you internalized those feelings and began to doubt God’s love?
I remember being in my apartment one night and just crying out for God to take this burden away. And He whispered to me that He was there all the time, it wasn’t Him that left, it was me; I closed my heart off, I didn’t allow an opening or any space for Him to enter. As I began to open my heart to the Father, He began to break down every wall, every one of satan’s lies by reassuring me that I belong to Him (Ps. 100:3), that He knows me by name (Is. 43:1), that I am His child (1 John. 3:1), and that I was worth dying for! It was in that moment that I truly realized the depth of God’s love for me. And everytime that enemy tries to tell me that I’m unworthy of God’s love, I tell him that I am covered under the blood, that I no longer have room for his lies, and that greater is He that is in me, then he that in the world (1 John 4:4).
To the one who is struggling with knowing if God loves you; worry no more–His love endures forever (Ps. 136). It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it doesn’t matter how far you think you’ve fallen, it doesn’t matter how much or how little money you have, it doesn’t what other people have said, it doesn’t matter your ethnicity, it doesn’t matter your gender, it doesn’t matter what type of house you live in or car you drive, it doesn’t matter your education level, it doesn’t matter what size you are, it doesn’t matter if no one else has told you that you are loved, it doesn’t matter if people have told you that you are unloveable, it doesn’t matter what church you attend or if you don’t attend church, GOD LOVES ALL OF YOU–from the top of your head to the soles of your feet! He died on the cross so that you may have access to everlasting life (John 3:16)! Though life may change, the world may change, seasons may change, people may change, you may change but God’s love will never change!
Remember that God loves you and so do I!
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