God Still Loves Us
Bible Reading: Romans 8:38-39
We may feel like God hates us. We may hate ourselves right now. We wonder how God's love can continue when we've disappointed him so. It's a wonder that God doesn't just throw us away! It's a wonder that he keeps us at all!
This may be how we feel, but it isn't true! The apostle Paul once wrote, "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. 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). King David prayed, "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. . . . You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!" (Psalm 139:1, 4-7).
Once we've accepted Christ's death as payment for our sins, there's absolutely nothing we can do to escape the love of God! God knows everything we've done—every thought, word, and deed. In fact, he knew things would happen as they did before they ever happened. He is determined to bless us, to love us, and to keep us. He'll never throw us away!
There is absolutely nothing we can do to make God love us any less.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.