Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DISQUALIFIED?

"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."
~St. Augustine

"God couldn't love me...not after some of the things I've done..." I have heard multiple people speak similar words, and each time I am deeply saddened. These people have listened to a lie and have allowed it to separate them from the greatest source of unconditional love available. Here's the truth ~ there is NOTHING you can EVER do that will cause God to stop loving you. Period. End of sentence.

How can this be true? Because anything else would be a contradiction of who He is. God IS love. His very nature is our guarantee that God's love for us isn't conditional. We cannot earn it, and we cannot disqualify ourselves from it. We can ignore it. We can choose to not believe in it. But it doesn't change the fact that every minute of every day, through every bad choice, God is God...His love for us is steadfast, unwavering, and unconditional.

Who doesn't want a love like this? Why turn our backs on the only perfect love we will ever experience? Guilt? Not a valid reason. Shame? Hey...who needs it more?! Doubt? Why not give it a try? What have you got to lose?

Once you truly experience it, you'll never look back. You'll see that the gnawing sense of falling short or feeling disqualified was not based on truth. You'll come to realize that it's not so much about us and our worthiness as it is about our Father loving us completely...extravagantly...permanently ~ simply because we are His.

Once you open the floodgates of His love, be prepared to be loved like you've never been loved before. He is waiting. He longs to show you His heart and the depths of His love for you. "God loves me ~ in spite of all I've done." Now, that's a true statement!

"If you took the love of all the best mothers and fathers who ever lived (think about that for a moment) ~ all the goodness, kindness, patience, fidelity, wisdom, tenderness, strength and love ~ and united all those virtues in one person, that person would only be a faint shadow of the love and mercy in the heart of God for you and me."
~Brennan Manning

"Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture...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 8:35, 37-39 The Message

"The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love."
~Blessed Julian of Norwich       

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