Wednesday, September 19, 2012

a CONSTANT... the Love of God for You!

It's time to cut the grass...again!
I'm sitting here watching the grass grow... actually I'm thinking about how I need to cut the grass.  It's amazing how fast it grows... It seems every time I turn around it needs cutting again.  I guess it has something to do with the great weather here in Ireland (i.e. liquid sunshine)  I was looking towards the horizon earlier today and all you could see was green fields with white dots (sheep) on them. Beautiful.  They call County Wicklow... the Garden of Ireland.... it's easy to see why.  It truly is amazing.

Anyway, back to the grass... did I mention that it needs cutting again, and then again!  It just keeps growing.  In fact, you'll even hear lawnmowers in the winter months.  It's a constant.

I was reading this morning in Romans 8 about how NOTHING can separate us from the love of God, nothing.  His love for me, for you... it's a constant.  There is NOTHING you can do to change it. So now as I sit here looking out into my back garden I cannot help but think, not so much about the constant need of our grass to be cut, but about God's constant love for me.

There's a problem... just about the time I decide to get out there and cut the grass it starts to rain....(yep, I just saw a drop of rain... what a shame) Just about the time I begin to embrace the truth that God loves me... I hear another voice giving reasons why this is too good to be true.

I've failed him more times than I can remember.
I've sinned... and not just yesterday.
I've allowed fear to hold me back... I know it's shameful.
I've withheld my love and instead offered judgment.

And yet Jesus loves me!  To be honest I don't understand... but in this mystery is the glory of the gospel.

Even as we rebel against his love... even as we allow sin mastery in my life.... He loved... he loves...

In fact, "at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly... God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:6-8

So as you walk through this day, or as you lament having to cut the grass again... ponder this...

God loves YOU... really!