I often feel that God’s love is fallible — that if I do the wrong thing, or make a mess of my life, he’ll love me less. I tell myself yes, God loves me, but he won’t accept me if I do something awful, or continually make mistakes. If I don’t understand him, and fail, he’ll look away.
But if we look at the Bible, we see even the greatest people, who God loved and changed the world through, made some terrible mistakes. Look at David. God loved him with all his heart, and was enormously proud of him. But David fell down, and committed adultery and murder. He had many great insights about God, but even he didn’t always see God clearly. Yet God still loved him. He didn’t look away from him. He didn’t reject him. And David went on to be one of the greatest people in history, because of the works God performed through him.
In our own lives, it’s okay to make mistakes and be confused, anxious and stressed. It’s normal and God still loves us. He’s with us no matter what — no matter what we do, even if we feel foolish and ashamed. He doesn’t see us the way we see ourselves. He’s with us even if we don’t understand him, and totally fall apart. It’s not a requirement of our relationship with God to never fall down. Jesus died to connect us to God despite our failures, and there are no barriers we could possibly create that could break that bond. God will always love us. No matter what.
~ Mona Hanna ~