“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:35-37
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 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.” Romans 8:38-39
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3
Hello everyone…and a big welcome to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to have you with me today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly come to see that there is a love that never fails or forsakes us!
As I’ve been sitting here today, I’ve been thinking on all that God has brought me through…but to be honest with you; there was a time in my life, when I felt as if God had stopped loving me…for nothing good was happening in my life…only one bad moment after another.
Isn’t it amazing, as to how these moments from the present and even the past, can attempt to convey a message to us; that says that God could never love us…either for the wrong we have done…or even due to all the problems we’ve been through. As I think on this today, I find myself looking back to a time, when I was so overwhelmed with surgeries…pain and the things I was dealing with from the past; that all I could think of at the time was this…where was God and had He stopped loving me?
I think the problem we have, when it comes to convincing ourselves of God’s love; is that we are too much in tune, with what Satan is trying to get us to believe through a weak circumstance…and so we find ourselves in the midst of a battle…a battle, where we are longing to reach out for God’s love, while the harsh moments of a circumstance are on the other side…trying to convince us that if God loved us that much; then why would we be experiencing such difficult times in our lives.
You know…one of the hardest times in my life that I can remember; was trying to figure out why a powerful and loving God would ever turn his head, while my grandfather molested me. It took a long time to figure out how a God of love could allow something so bad; but as I began to let go of the deep hurt from the past; He also began to show me that it wasn’t Him that had brought on such pain in my life…for we all have a means of making choices in this life and some people just make the wrong choice. But the victory that comes out of it all; is that God uses these weaknesses that hurt us so deeply; so we can grow and become even stronger in Him…and in this way; I have come to see this as God’s way of picking me up and gently scraping the dirt from me. Now to me…that’s love…because He could have abandoned me at the time; but instead, He chose to be there for me and take that weakness upon Himself and give me His perfect strength in its place!
Sometimes…I think we are looking for God’s love, in the way we feel it should be; but I truly believe that if we were to slow down and look for Him at work within our lives; then these would be the moments, when we would truly find ourselves connecting with a real and lasting love…God’s love.
Maybe today, you are struggling to feel the depth of God’s love for you…because you feel as if you are not good enough…or maybe it’s a problem from the past that has convinced you that God’s love will never be there for you. May I encourage you today…by saying to you; that there is a love that will never give up on you…a love that can never be erased from your heart…a love that won’t judge you for your past; but a love that longs to heal and restore and make all things new and this love will reach out and accept you…just for who you are…it’s that’s simple. Reach out to God today and let His love become very real within your heart…and remember; even though we may run away from Him; He’s still always there…holding onto us, with a love that will never let go…believe me, I know!
Blessings on your day!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."