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Love Without Limits
Taken from Jesus Swagger: Break Free From Poser Christianity by Jarrid Wilson Copyright © 2015 by Jarrid Wilson Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.
Do you ever question whether or not you are good enough to be a Christian, or holy enough to be loved by God? Well, here are four things God’s love won’t hold against you.
1. Your Past
Relax. You have already been forgiven. When it comes to a relationship with Jesus, don’t ever expect to run into resentment from Christ himself. The future looks bright for all those willing to walk in the light of his presence. Jesus will forgive you of your past, even if you have yet to forgive yourself.
We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (Romans 6:6 ESV)
2. Your Mistakes
We’ve all made mistakes, but the beauty of the cross is that Jesus died for them. Your sins have been wiped clean, and your heart has been renewed by the grace of Jesus himself. Your mistakes do not define you. Your failures don’t have to haunt you. Your mishaps don’t need to be accounted for. God forgives you for your mistakes, even if you have yet to forgive yourself.
Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter. (Mark 3:28 ESV)
3. Your Confusion
It’s okay to be hurt, confused, and question what’s taking place. God understands everything you are going through, even if you do not. He can take the punches, if you will take the time to seek his guidance. The reality of your confusion may be due to a lack of biblical knowledge or spiritual guidance. Confusion comes and goes, but the love of God is eternal.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 NIV)
4. Your Addictions
Everyone is addicted to something. No matter if your struggle is drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, or whatever, your addictions will not keep the relentless love of Jesus from embracing you. Take a deep breath and find peace in knowing that you are not alone or ignored.
Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. (Romans 5:20 ESV)
God’s love for you is stronger than the darkness of your past. The beauty of God’s love is that it is relentless, ongoing, undaunted, and never failing. What else in this world can offer you that? Nothing. The cool thing is, we get to showcase this same relentless love to those around us.
Romans 3:23–26 shows us a breath of God’s relentless love, one that overpowers any mistake or failure we can ever make. His grace not only brings us a forgiveness we do not deserve, but continues to provide understanding in the lives of all who call Jesus their Lord.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:23–26 ESV)
The meaning of this verse is simple: God will love you no matter the circumstance.
Can you say that you reflect the same image to others? Do you love without limits? Do you love without boundaries? Do you love without conditions? I’m already asking myself the same questions, evaluating what I’ve said or done today, and whether or not my life is truly lived with relentless love.
Jesus’ love has always been a mystery to me. It’s something that my mind cannot fathom fully, nor can I comprehend it spiritually. And although I know his love is without hesitation, it blows my mind to see the beauty of it in action and his pursuit of those he calls “his children.”