What can separate us from God’s love? Paul seemed to think, nothing. But why do we ever think otherwise?
I want to share another audio clip today. It’s a moving testimony from a woman at our church who is living proof that God never lets go of you no matter how far you try to go away from Him. It’s raw and probably not meant for children’s ears, but it’s pure redemptive love on display.
This testimony came a few Sundays ago during our normal discussion time after my message.
It’s about coming out of a living hell, full of hopelessness and despair, which began with an attempted suicide followed by being placed in a mental institution.
It’s about never wanting God again and just wanting to die.
It’s about the amazing way that God brought her back.
It’s about restoration to a life of wholeness and freedom.
It’s about a love that never fails us, even when we fail ourselves.
You should know that this woman was and is a mature, born-again Christian who has loved Jesus most of her life. But very traumatic events transpired that caused her to despair to the point of trying to take her own life.
Why is this living proof of God’s faithfulness? Because even though she was so angry at God that she refused to pray, even though her thoughts were not ever on Him during this dark journey, and even though she did not want Him for one moment, He never stopped wanting her and would not leave her, even reaching into the depths of her torment to rescue her from that which the enemy meant for evil.
On that note, I love how the Mirror Bible paraphrases 2 Tim.2:12-13 (words in parentheses are expanded explanations from the Mirror Bible)…
“If we *contradict ourselves (behave unlike ourselves),
he will contradict us and prove us wrong!
(The word *arneomai means to contradict).
Our unbelief does not change what God believes;
he cannot contradict himself.” (2 Tim.2:12b-13 Mirror)
So, even when we forget who we are in Him and contradict ourselves, He will never change who He is, nor will He change His mind about us.
No, nothing can separate us from His love.
Child of God, nothing means absolutely nothing. Not our sin, no amount of torment, lostness, our anger toward Him, and no power on the earth nor in heaven or hell can separate us from His love. And with that the Bible agrees.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers,
neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us
from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom.8:38-39 NIV)
I invite you to take about seven minutes to listen to this woman’s testimony. It was like a spiritual smart bomb that pierced through our walls of logic and reason and all our trite religious platitudes, precisely hitting its intended target–our hearts. The whole place was filled with the sweet fragrance of God’s scandalous grace and outrageous love.
Again, it’s raw and not meant for little ears but I’m confident that you will say with me, Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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WOW…. jeez… what a testimony! Hallelujah! What a crazy lover!
Amen. And I think we haven’t even scratched the surface of how crazy His love actually is, or the depth of what He accomplished on the Cross for us. It’s only testimonies like these that begin to give us a glimpse of that love. 🙂
Absolutely speechless!! God is sooo good!! He never ceases to amaze me with the sheer depth, height, width of His unconditional love. Thank you Jesus 🙂
I pray that the man so damaged by the circumstances of his past has had the chance to meet Healer and been touched by Love.
Amen, Natalie. It’s truly amazing beyond words. How God reached out and touched this man so tormented in pain, through this woman in the midst of her pain, in this place, with His love and bringing him hope. We don’t know what happened to him since because she’s not there anymore but we do know that he had an encounter with the Father’s love. It just shows that there’s nowhere you can go where God can’t reach you! It also shows me that I still really don’t have a grid for the depths of God’s love! Blessing to you
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