“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39, NASB)
I was recently listening to Anthem Light’s version of “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury, and the lyrics of the song moved me deeply, as they always do: Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me You have been so, so good to me When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me You have been so, so kind to me There's no shadow You won't light up Mountain You won't climb up Coming after me There's no wall You won't kick down Lie You won't tear down Coming after me The imagery of these words gets me every time. I get what we call in German, Kopfkino, which literally translates to “head cinema.” Kopfkino is when your mind imagines in detail how a scenario would play out, as if you’re watching a movie. I picture myself and God at opposite ends on my “screen,” with all sorts of obstacles in between: thick and inky darkness, rocky and impassable mountains, bottomless and stormy seas, impenetrable walls, malicious lies from the enemy, my sins...crazy ninjas ready for a fight. Because of God’s unrelenting love, He conquers every single obstruction—with great ease—not holding back one bit until He reaches me. (This all happens with an epic movie score playing in the background, of course.) It’s hard for me to fathom the enormity of God’s love for every single person, ever—past, present and future. His unconditional love is even for those who never have, or never will, love Him back. However, we know from John 3:16 that God’s love for us all is so incredibly deep and sacrificial, that Jesus came to die, conquer death and be resurrected so that we can live with Him forever. How wild is it, that the God of the universe would rather send His Son to die for us than to live without us? That’s the most wonderful display of love ever! Unlike God, unfortunately I allow things in my life to get in the way of showing God my love for Him. It’s a relief to know that there is absolutely nothing I can do to make God love me any more or any less. Yours in spirit, Jazz Becker
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NASB)
In what ways do you/can you show God that you love Him?
What things (good or bad) in your life could be separating you from fully loving God?