2 Corinthians 11; 2 Kings 25; Habakkuk 2
It sounds shocking at first, but this statement is true for every person on earth: “God can’t love you anymore.” There are many people who take that statement the wrong way. They are so caught up in their sin that they think they are worthless. If they seek God, they try to do all kinds of things to make God love them. Yet deep in their hearts, they believe that it all depends on them and that God will not love them anymore. The truth is that we have a God who loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. He conquered death and rose from the grave. He lives inside each of us, if we will have Him, in the person of the Holy Spirit. God can’t love you any more than He already does. He’s given everything He can for us. Nothing we do can make Him love us more. Nothing we do can make Him love us less. Habakkuk prophesied during a difficult time. The oracle he had from God was not pleasant: God would deal with the wickedness among His people by sending an even greater wickedness to destroy them. Still, the promise of God was that He would be with His people. They should not depend on their own abilities or righteousness. They needed to live by faith. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4) A proud person seeks to make God love them by the many things that he or she does. Life revolves around them and their many deeds. Like a child riding a bicycle they look at God and say, “Look God, no hands!” as they struggle through life trying to impress God. They may do all kinds of good things. They may find many different ways to show penitence. They will all fail to restore their relationship with God because they are basing their relationship with God on their own works and abilities. A person of faith, the just person will recognize that God has already provided the way of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. They will walk humbly with God. They may do great works, but to show gratitude for all that God has done, not to seek God’s favor. When they sin, they quietly confess their sin to God and then keep on serving knowing that God has forgiven them. It doesn’t take much to live by faith. Just realize that God can’t love you anymore than He already does, revel in that love of God, and show that same love towards others.
Lord, You love me so much that it’s staggering to understand. You have loved me in my sinfulness; You have loved me when I was at my best. Your love never wavers. Help me to live in that relationship joyfully and reflect Your love to others that I meet. Continue to remind me Lord that our relationship is sustained not by my good works, but by Your unending, infinite love.