There is at least one thing God can’t do, and that is love me any more than He already does. There is also nothing I can do to make God stop loving me with all His heart. No matter how many times I ponder those two statements the result is always the same, I come away overwhelmed by the love, the mercy and the grace of God. The God who can create something from nothing, who, according to Genesis, spoke the world into existence, loves me and He loves you. The God of the Universe is also a personal God who is so involved with our planet that he sees the sparrow fall and knows the number of hairs on our head. Our God is an awesome God.
It is also one thing to say you love someone, but quite another thing to live that love totally devoid of self on behalf of that person you say you love. In the introduction to the song, Queen of Iowa, Andrew Peterson tells how he came to meet this extraordinary girl. Jody had been sexuality assaulted and developed aids as a result of the attack. The disease ravished her body, leaving her in need of constant care. Ever since high school John had been in love with Jody, and knowing the seriousness of her illness he still asked if she would marry him.
He took on the task of caring, practically round the clock, for a very ill woman. He had to do everything for her, but because he loved her unconditionally he carried out the work with joy. Andrew met this amazing couple when he was invited to their home to sing for her. When he arrived she had been fairly unresponsive for a number of days, but John thought she could hear because sometimes when they prayed with her she would cry. Andrew began to sing and as he was singing she opened her eyes and said in a faint far away voice, “Isn’t God good?” (The story and song are in the WOW section of this blog)
Isn’t God good? Evil may wrack this world and bring untold misery and hurt, but through the pain we can see good in the life of a young man who loved unconditionally. We can see the grace of God in a very sick woman who, through the hurt and brokenness of her life, still acknowledges her love for God. We can see grace in the love of God that led to Calvary. Remember in Galatians, Paul writes that he went down to Jerusalem and presented an outline of the gospel he was preaching to the brothers so they could confirm his message was from God. He stood up to the false teachers in that city who tried to make Titus get circumcised, and he tells the readers of his Epistle, I did it all for you so that, “the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you”. Galatians 2: 5
Well, God does it all for us. He came to this earth as a baby, lived a perfect life, then as a young man willingly went to the cross as a penalty for our sin and guilt. He took my place and your place that we should be given the riches of heaven. He died that any one who believed in Him would have eternal life. Salvation is simply saying God I need you in my life and I’m asking you to accept my need and cover my sins with your grace. Salvation isn’t trying harder or doing things, it is simply accepting.
Please take some time, if you haven’t already, to meditate upon the depth of Paul’s thoughts in Romans 8:1, 2 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.” Notice how much condemnation there is for anyone who is “in Christ Jesus”; the answer is none and as a result we are set free from “the law of sin and death.” Christianity is not rocket science, it is simply putting your trust in the God who loves you unconditionally. Paul writes in Romans 5: 1 “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” When we accept our need of God by accepting His grace as manifested at the cross we are declared righteous. Peace with God comes by having faith in His unconditional love for us. Our God is an awesome God who not only reigns from Heaven above, but in the heart of everyone who calls out, “God, I believe in you.”