Continuing with the topic on God’s love for each of us, Pastor Tim reads from Romans 8:38-39.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s love for each of us is unconditional. Even if we mess up and sin, God’s love does not suddenly become conditional. It does not depend on our behavior.
There are some things we got to know. There is a difference between heart knowledge and head knowledge. We have to know deep inside that God’s love does not hinge on our behavior. God’s love is based on who he is and not what we do.
We are human and have feelings that change and fluctuate. Our love for God can and often does fluctuate. But God loves you no matter what. We have emotions, so our feelings change from time to time. But God’s love never changes.
Look at how confident that Paul is in this verse.
You have to be confident in God’s love.
Are you convinced that nothing can separate you from the love of God? If you do, you are free tonight.
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Using the example of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair and anointed them with expensive perfume, Pastor Tim reminds us that Jesus did not reject her because she was a sinner. Jesus had compassion on that woman. He doesn’t condemn us for our sins.
36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Once we know and believe how much God truly loves and has forgiven each of us, then we will end up loving God very much.