Loved Forever - Romans 8:38-39
Emotions are a tricky thing.
Oh, they are a beautiful thing, too. I love that God created so many emotions. The ways in which we feel love, joy, peace, indignation, happiness, and even anger are a wonderful thing. But, sometimes, emotions can trick us in sneaky little ways.
Like on the days we don’t feel loved.
Those days usually happen when we don’t feel that we deserve love. We have not measured up to our own ideas of success, perfection, and the perfect daughter, sister, mother, wife, aunt, friend. In our own minds, we have not “earned” love and so we do not feel loved.
It’s during those days that we need to engage our grasp on Scripture and cling fast to what God has to say—not what those super tricky emotions tell us.
For example, God says in Romans 8 that, “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Why in Christ Jesus our Lord? Because Christ was the one who made it possible for us to be loved always. When our sins were covered with his holy sacrifice, God was able to look at us as if we had never sinned. Christ received the wrath so we can receive the love that comes through forgiveness!
We all have those bad days where we don’t feel worthy of love. But our feelings and our actions don’t make us less or more worthy of love. Christ loves us always. Not because of what we do or don’t do. Not because of our good days.
Because he IS love.
Because we are his children, his workmanship, created for his pleasure.
If we who are parents can never imagine not loving our children, despite our sin nature and imperfections, can you imagine how God loves us? He has no sin nature. He loves perfectly.
So, even on your bad days, take hope. Christ will always love you. You are loved with an everlasting love, held close to Christ as his child, and never forsaken.
Written by: Alicia Jones