Nothing fancy today.  Just four reminders about God’s love I have been thinking and praying through in my own life, family, and ministry.  I pray you are encouraged by these Gospel-reminders today

  1. Our amazingness isn’t adequate to earn God’s love, but our sinfulness isn’t enough to stop it.

When Paul says nothing can separate us from the love of God, he means, really, nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:31-39). God’s love for you and approval of you isn’t changed by your botches or boosted by your accomplishments.

You don’t have to worry about God’s presence, promises or provision because God’s love for his children is never in question.  God’s love for sinners is stronger than his condemnation of sin (Rom. 5:1; 8:1).

  1. For the record, God’s love does win.

Our Savior is an ever-vigilant Savior. He has saved us, is always saving us, and will save us in the end (Romans 8:28-30). All hail the power of Jesus’ name!

In the end, it’s not just that we will go up to heaven but that heaven will come down to us (Rev. 21:2-3). All praise to God! When, in the end, we finally see what we were up against and how God intervened, we will simply say, “Thank you, Lord.”

At that end of all things, we will simply plead nothing to this amazing God but his Son and his perfect, once-and-for-all work.

  1. God’s love for you isn’t his stamp-of-approval of your living, but evidence of his character.

It would be easier to count each and every star and every granular sand on every beach than to measure God’s for you (Jeremiah 31:3).  I should more quickly doubt my love for my own children than doubt God’s love for me demonstrated on the cross.

God’s love doesn’t depend or rest on you (John 10:27-30). You did not awaken it; you cannot quench it (Eph. 2:8-9). Rejoice that it all in Christ!

  1. There is no one too hard-edged, too wicked, or too far off or gone for the saving love of God in Christ (Luke 24:39-43).

 There is no nut God can’t crack.  After all, he saved you and me, didn’t he?

And, remember, our love and prayers for unlovable people is directly tied to our awareness of the depth of our own sin.  The first step is to recognize that there’s absolutely no one who is unlovable, not even you. So, those forgiven much will love much.