The living cross my daughter helped to make at school yesterday.
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also RISEN, who is even at the right hand of the God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of the Lord which is Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 8: 31-39
This is one of my favorite scriptures. It speaks so clearly about His love for us. About how there isn't anything in this world or anyone who can separate us from His love for us. Unlike earthly parents- He will never pull away His love if we disappoint Him. His love is completely and totally unconditional.
It is the truest and purest form of love we could ever know. His love is perfect.
It is the greatest gift ever given.
The greatest story ever told.
And yet there are so many of us who have no idea just how much He loves us.
We go through much of our life without any idea.
Without any knowledge.
Without ever experiencing it.
Without ever receiving it.
Without anyone ever demonstrating it.
Sometimes because we are angry with Him.
Sometimes because we believe that He is angry with us.
But He is not angry with us.
He is a loving Father who desires us and longs for a relationship with each one of us.
He loves us and wants more than anything in the world to be reconciled with each and every one of us.
No matter what our life looks like. He loves us.
No matter what we have been through. He loves us.
No matter what we have done. He loves us.
No matter what we have left undone. He loves us.
He waits each day for us.
For that relationship. That fellowship. That intimacy. That sweet communion.
He longs for it.
This Easter if you have never experienced the love of the Father I invite you to do so.
I promise you will not walk away disappointed.
I would ask you to invite Him into your heart and into your life- even now sweet friend.
He knows it all and will scoop you up into His loving arms and pour out the most precious love you have ever known the very second you ask Him to. He is the most incredible Father.
And He offers us the most beautiful gift in the world this glorious Easter weekend......
May you receive it.
May you treasure it.
And may you never, ever be the same, In Jesus name.