When we are hurting or struggling in life, we often forget that God has unconditional love for us. He loved us so much that he gifted us the earth. He loved us so much that he gave us his son to die on the cross for our sins, as is said in John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
But how much? We may often wonder that. We cannot measure for certain, because we do not have that understanding. But if we Lined the Eifel Tower around the edges of the grand canyon and filled it, it still would not equal the love God has for us. As was explained in Ephesians 3: 17-19
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
And when we make mistakes he is that Father that picks us up, dusts us off, and helps us to find our way again. He is the gardener that prunes his plants so they can grow, flourish, and bloom. John 15: 2,5
Every branch in me that bears not fruit, he purges it, that it may being forth more fruit.
I am the vine, You are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, the same brings you forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.
What does the Father do when we are opposed, when people question our faith. He reminds us that there is nothing that will keep him from us, so long as we ask him into our lives. There is nothing a child can do, no mistake that a child can make that will make their parents disown them. God is the same for us. He is our Father. He knows that we are human. He made us that way. We all make mistakes, but he is always there to pick us up from those mistakes and guide us. It is only us that needs to be open to it. Open your ears to listen. He will speak to you. Be open to his help. Give him your concerns, and open your heart to his love so you can experience it.
In Romans 8: 35 he is telling us that there is nothing that we can do that will stop God from loving us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution of famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
When we are hurting in our hearts or in our bodies, we can call on God to give us strength to get through. And he will help us though, or just pick us up and carry us. We do the same for our children, when they are walking, and get tired of walking, we pick them up and carry them. When our struggles are tiring us to the point of not walking through, he will carry us through.
When we are broken of heart or spirit, God will help us, if we only let him. Psalm 34:18
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed spirit.
God has a plan for us, And he wants us to all come home to him one day. The world has taught us to be fearful of love and trust that is given without earning it. It has told us to fear one another. Man’s way has taken us all further away from the Lord, and is clogging our ears, heads, hearts, and spirits of what we should or should not do to heal ourselves. To pick ourselves back up. It tells us we are not loved or appreciated unless we earn it, and still then, it is conditional.
God’s love is unconditional. That means there is no condition that will stop his love. And for us to understand, difficult to accept is the best way to describe it. But we can see some of God’s love all around us, if we just open our eyes. Every beautiful sunset. Every twinkling snow covered morning. Each different colored flower, each song a bird sings. He made it all, and he gave it to us, his children.
God has a plan for us, and it is to do good, and to love. We may not know or understand it, but we must trust that the plan is in motion, and so long as we allow God to guide us, we will get to where we need to be. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
So, just like last week, I’m going to leave you with a prayer:
Please help us through these difficult times. Heal our pains, mend our broken hearts. Take our frustrations from us. Lead us to teach one another, our children, and ourselves to follow you. Open our eyes and our hearts so that we may feel your unending unconditional love. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name.