“…neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to ever separate us from the love of God.” Romans 8:37-39
“The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.” Julian of Norwich
- Grab your Bible and journal. Take a few moments to clear your mind of all the stuff of life. Say a prayer and ask God to help you soak in what He has for you today!
- Read Romans 8:37-39. Read it a couple of times until the words really sink in! Friend, nothing can separate us from the love of God!
Unboxing God’s Love for You
Growing up, my view of God was similar to the relationship of a parent to a child. I am not quite sure where my thinking got skewed along the way, but to sum it up, I believed that when I was pleasing God, He was pleased with me and when I wasn’t, He was a disappointed parent who shamed me for my bad behavior.
The thing about God’s love is that we often do not understand it. We have never known it. Therefore, we can only grasp the things we know and try to turn it into what we think it should look like or feel like. Over the years, God has gently nudged my heart and expanded my thoughts on Him and His love. He has led me to verses like the one we just read:
…neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to ever separate us from the love of God. (Romans 8:37-39)
Let me change some of that into a “mom-ified” version if I may:
…no matter how badly you have sinned, no matter if your home isn’t perfect, no matter you yelled at your kids for the tenth time today, no matter your children aren’t always well mannered, no matter you forgot to have your devotion time today, no matter you responded rashly and harshly to your husband, no matter you woke-up on the wrong side of bed, no matter you had cereal for dinner, no matter you struggle with anxiety, no matter you struggle with depression, no matter you feel far from God, no matter the weight of your past, no matter your family dysfunction, no matter your difficult relationships, no matter your fallen-ness because you are human…nothing will ever separate you from the love of God!
Did you need to hear that today, mama? We can’t understand this great love. We don’t experience such unconditional beauty, but it is there, ready and waiting for us to consume and let it penetrate even the deepest and darkest places. If you are like me, and you have put God’s love into a box of what you “know” love to be, would you do something today? Would you open up that box and let God out? His desire is to change everything you know! He wants us to be consumed with his love like a wild, burning fire and, friends, that cannot be put in a box!
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- Do feel far from God? Read Romans 8:37-39. Read it a couple of times until the words really sink in! Friend, nothing can separate us from the love of God! Take a few minutes to write down the things you believe are separating you from God’s love. When you are done, hand them over to God and pray! Tell Him you know that nothing can separate you from His love, and ask Him to gently take those things from your mind. His desire is for you to know just how much He loves you without adding any limitations to it!
It is so hard to grasp God’s great and unconditional love for us. We need to constantly be reminded! Write Romans 8:37-39 down on five index cards or pieces of paper. Put them in places that you frequently see throughout your home; beside the sink, your bathroom mirror, the dash of your car, or even inside the refrigerator (with hungry kids, that door is a revolving one!). Embrace this beautiful truth from God and never stop reminding yourself!