A few days ago, I went up the gym to run & lift weights…change up the pace a little from running outside in this miserable heat. While pounding the treadmill trying to get in a quick 3 miles (which is about all I can handle on that blasted thing), I listened to the Jeremy Camp “Stay” album. Good stuff. His songwriting has always inspired and encouraged me. There is one song in particular that has stuck with me all week…one line from it really…
“Nothing I can do, nothing I can say
Can make You love me more, Your love remains the same.”
I love this line. I’ve been soaking in this all week. How sweet is it to know that there is really nothing we can do or say that will make God love us anymore than He already does? Think about that. His love is truly unconditional. It remains the same. He already knows the mistakes we’ll make in the future, but still loves us. He knows our past, but chooses to toss it. He knows our every thought, but still thought enough of us to send His son. Amazing really. His love astounds me! We should feel comfort in that and complete security.
I recently attended the Girls Night In event at my church. Sheila Walsh was the speaker that night and it was awesome. Her testimony was so neat to hear! She talked about how Jesus came for the broken – and we are all broken. She spent a majority of her life trying to win the approval of God by being the best “christian” she could be – wearing the right clothes, participating in a ton of church ministries, being friends with the right people, etc. Not that those things are bad, but she said she was doing them for the wrong reason. Then, after wearing herself way too thin and some other traumatic experiences, she came to the realization that it was not about winning His approval. She didn’t have to do that. It was about accepting his LOVE. It’s not about us – it’s all about Him. There’s nothing we can do, nothing we can say to make Him love us more – His love remains the same. Wow. That should spur us on to 1. love Him more (worship) and 2. love others more!
“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19