You don’t love me anymore?

These are the "new words“ my three year old chooses to use every time she gets caught doing something she isn’t suppose to do, or gets corrected.  (Yes as beautiful and sweet as she is, she is a child of wrath, and a core reason I believe in human depravity.)  That being said, when she said this the first time, my heart sank. It made me question how on earth she could feel that way. Am I such a horrible parent that my kid doesn’t understand that I love her? And then it happened.

The thought occurred to me, that many times in our relationship with the Father, through the Son Jesus, we feel that we have screwed up so bad, that He is going to stop loving us.  Admit it.

There have been times in our life, some before, and after, if you are a follower of Christ, that we have felt and even believed that we had messed up too bad, or gone too far, and not even God could love us.

I am so thankful that that couldn’t be further from the truth! Look, I get it. Some of us have messed up. Bad! Some of us have caused so much pain and anguish, done stupid things, and really proved our sin nature.  But I am reminded of the scripture in John 10, where Jesus speaks to the Pharisees about His people.

John 10:27-29 
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand."

Did you catch that? in Christ, nothing can take you away from Him, You are His, and He holds you firmly. No sin is to great for the cleansing blood of Jesus!  And when you're His, no sin can take you from Him!

I want you all to realize I am all about being obedient to the Lord, in fact I believe if we are truly His, we want to be obedient and serve Him because He first loved us. And I am all about being repentant, but I think we also need to understand His grace and His mercy.  

That being said, we must be quick to confess and turn from our sin, but also leave it at the foot of the cross, not keep going back and visiting it.

Just as my little teenage toddler always finds out, no matter how bad we mess up, even when we get disciplined, our Daddy still loves us!

Pastor J

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