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.
No matter what.
What do you think of when you hear that statement? Are there any ‘no matter what’s in your life? Hopefully, if you have a spouse and children, you love them no matter what. Maybe even a dog who poops in the house, but you love the animal no matter what.
Can you imagine someone who knows everything about you—your flaws, your weakness, your selfishness—and loves you anyway? Someone who looks deep inside, past all the filth, to see your true value.
God does that.
He loves you, no matter what. I hope you know and feel that inside, but just in case, let’s repeat. God loves you no matter what. No conditions, no prerequisites, no constraints. Even if you reject Him, He still loves you.
That’s a huge statement. He loves you, even if you run out on your family tomorrow. He loves you, even if you walk out the door and decide to kill someone. (But please don’t do those things, they break His heart). My point is, you can’t do anything to make Him love you less.
What about you? Can you say ‘no matter what’ to God? Tomorrow your wife or husband may walk out on you or someone you love might be killed. When those things happen, we question God. We doubt His love. But He’s already made the ‘no matter what’ commitment to us (see Romans 8:38-39 above). All He asks from us is the same in return.
Dear Lord, help us to have faith in You—no matter what. When bad things happen down here, we know You will make up for them a thousand times over in heaven. Give us the strength to return Your commitment to us with our own devotion to You. In Jesus’s name, amen.