Are we aware of how very much we are cared for by the love of God who holds us in the midst of all things?
Can we comprehend how very deep Gods love for us is?
It can be hard for us to accept that love sometimes, given our own state of being and how we see ourselves.
Yet we know that God has loved us entirely and God looks past our own shortcomings and our own fears to love us fully and without reservation. This is hard for us to accept because we are used to human love which is provided with human standards. We become accustomed to a love which sometimes lets us down and falls short of our expectations, sometimes because people fail us and sometimes because our expectations are too high. But with God we should know that the love offered is complete and it surpasses all of our human conditioning and expectation.
When we feel that the weight of the world is too much, or that no person understands what we are going through or what we are thinking we should reference the reading from Romans which is appointed for today:
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. 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:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
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.
Those words are accurate and true. God loves us when we cannot even love ourselves. God loves us when we cannot let others do so. God loves us when we do not love others as we should. In short – God Loves us and has laid it on the line for us. If we take heart what is offered here that nothing, not even living or dead, nothing that is dark or light, nothing big or small can separate us from that love that God has for us, who will we become? Perhaps if we understood this better there would be less jealousy, less fighting, less envy and greed, less completion for attention and so on.
If God is with us, who can stand against us?