Last night at the computer screen I sat through the most powerful movie I have ever seen. I learned something so invaluable: I witnessed God’s love shine in the darkest places of our world. And on behalf of many blind Christians, I apologize to you if you have ever been judged by someone who claims to follow Jesus. Because Jesus spoke about His love and the Father’s love, and that you should know His people by the way they love others.
God has been showing me, and last night it hit home, that He would rather love than judge any day. If He can love a person into His arms, better believe He’ll do it. He only judges when that person rejects him their entire life, and never turns to Him before they die. But before their last breath, God loves them, He pursues them, He goes above and beyond to get them to run to Him, even if it means allowing catastrophe to shake their life; if that’s what it takes to get them to cry out His name, He’ll let it happen. Because He is the redeemer, and He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him. He’ll turn the mistakes, the abuse, the contempt, the loneliness, into a blessing. He’ll take the worst day of your life and turn it into the best. All He asks is for us to look to Him, and He’ll do the rest.
He says to the world, “Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy burdened.” He says, “I desire none to perish, but that all would come to everlasting life,” that “whosoever calls upon the name of Lord will be saved.” He’s made all of us, He wants all of us. This has been His desire since the beginning. He made Adam and Eve, and walked amongst them, spoke to them face to face. They knew Him and He loved them. The moment sin entered the world, it separated us from the perfect and holy Creator. But He didn’t leave it that way. He sent His only Son to bridge that gap, to reconnect with us. And not only did He send His Son so we can reconnect with Him while here on earth, but He has an eternal place, out of this dimension, where we could be in His presence forever.
That’s how much He loves us: He made a place where we could be with him eternally. He doesn’t only want us for however many years we have on this earth, He doesn’t get tired of us after a few months, He doesn’t forsake us after seven years, He wants us for eternity. I pray you call out to Him and discover the Lover of your soul. The one that breathed the breath of life into your nostrils, the one who sustains your beating heart, the one who raises the sun for you every morning, painting the sky with vivid colors, making this world beautiful, for you. He stretches out His palm, pleading with you, “Come, be My daughter. Come, know love. Come, I will give you rest, and the peace you desire. Come, I will show you you’re beautiful. Come.”