Do You Still Love Me?
I remember when I was a young child, there would be times I would get mad at my mother for one reason or the other. Maybe I couldn’t do something that I had my heart set on. If not that, I had to do something that I had no interest in. Sometime I’d get an attitude, talk back out of frustration or just be flat out disrespectful because I was in my feelings. No matter how mad I was, after I calmed down and had time to reflect on my behavior, I would always go to my mom and apologize. I would ask “Do you still love me?” because I knew my actions did not warrant her love. She would always assure me that nothing I could ever do would stop her from loving me.
That always felt good to hear.
Can you recall a time where you may have said or done something to hurt someone you love? It could have been your parents, a sibling, spouse, child, or friend. We often hurt the people we love the most because they are closer to us than anyone else. They are the ones to see us in our most vulnerable state. We also can be ourselves around them. Majority of the time, it’s not even them in which we are mad at, but they end up being the one we take out our frustrations on.
Have you ever stop and thought about how you treat the God you proclaim to love? When we choose to live a life that does not line with His Word, it is equivalent to someone going back on their loyalty to us. Whether you are guilty of not being a present parent, infidelity, drug use, unforgiveness, theft or any other sin known to man, it does not show that you love God. This is not to say that you don’t, but we have all heard and used the phrase, “actions speak louder than words”.
How do I make it right?
Isn’t that what we ask when we seek forgiveness? There is not a more genuine apology than changed behavior. In the Christian world, this is called repentance. This is what God seeks from each of us when we miss the mark by doing things we know He would not be pleased to see. Even in our earthly relationships, we tend to require this changed behavior before considering to forgive or release our love.
Lucky for all of us, God is not like man. There is something called grace that we receive each and every day from Him. It is the unmerited and unearned favor of God that we are granted because of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. We did and continue to do nothing that causes us to deserve such a gift. It is something that is given freely to us, yet we often take it for granted and many abuse it.
This grace gives us another chance to get in alignment with God. It allows us the opportunity to show our love for Him by sacrificing our wants, that do not please God, and instead obey what He commands us to do. Grace grants us God’s unconditional love. After all, it was Him who loved us first. To this day, God continues to love us in spite our mistakes.
God’s love is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.
So it doesn’t matter what you struggle with from day to day, God loves you just the same. Yes, He wants us all to live a life that is holy and acceptable. Even if you choose to do otherwise, intentionally or not, take comfort in knowing that His love is there. People and feeling will change, but at the end of the day, know that God still loves you.
In Relentless Pursuit,
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. – Romans 8:35-39 MSG