Did Jesus Really Mean NOTHING Can Separate Us From His Love?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
THINK OF THE most obnoxious, mean, horrible man you know. Think of the man you know, who drinks too much, yells too much and hits too much. Think of THAT man and you’re probably thinking of my former neighbor.
One night, he was verbally abusing his girlfriend (again). He was screaming about missing car keys. He stopped yelling but I could hear him on the phone getting directions to a friend. To be honest, when he hung up the phone, I wanted nothing more than for him to go fetch his friend and never come back. I thought, he might die in a car accident being that drunk and that angry, but I didn’t care, I just wanted to go back to sleep. I felt no love for the man at 2:00am.
But God did.
And that completely blew my mind! While I was thinking my neighbour could meet his end on the side of the road for all I cared, God was thinking, “Hide the keys, hide the keys! He’s not ready to meet me yet! I love him so much…and he doesn’t know me”. I’m pretty sure the only other person (if you count God as a person) in the world who likes him, let alone loves him - his girlfriend - hid the keys. While I was searching for earplugs God told me that he loved this guy.
I don’t know why God would love HIM. I don’t know how. I mean someone like me is easy to love. I try to follow the rules. I try to love God back. I try to be good. I’m not perfect, I sin, I mess up, but at least I don’t abuse people. I’m trying to say that I get why God loves people like me but I don’t understand why God loves people like HIM.
The fact that God loves people like him makes grace real to me. It tells me that there is nothing you or I can do to go beyond the reach of his love. I know the bible says it, but sometimes I think, really God, really? I could do anything and you’d still love me? That night, God told me it was true, and he used the most obnoxious, horrible, nasty man I know - who God is absolutely crazy in love with (the same way he is with me and you) - to do it (mind blowing, right?)
Do you believe that there is nothing you can (or have done) that would make God love you less?
Is there space in your life and heart to love people who aren't like you?