“I love you, but…”
Has anyone said that to you?
For me, instead of owning the love, I camp on the words that follow that statement because it seems the person’s love (or approval) is contingent on something I do or don’t do.
When I raised kids, I probably said the same thing. “I love you, but . . . you need to clean your room, do your homework, behave.”
I assumed God spoke that way to me. “I love you, but . . .”
But, what? What do I need to do? As a performance-driven, people pleaser, I turned myself inside out to find the answer.
Do I need to earn my salvation?
No, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Do I need to earn God’s love?
No, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Maybe I need to be a better Christian so I don’t lose God’s love.
And the Loving God who calls me “Beloved” assures me, “Nothing can separate you from my love” (Romans 8:35-39).
You see, I spent years learning God’s Word, but I had to believe God.
Imagine my relief and the mind-blowing joy to know that I know—God loves. There is no if, and, or but!
Hold onto this truth no matter what your feelings or circumstances suggest otherwise. Even in this…coming new year!