Had I placed you in a beautiful
garden of perfection and beauty,
would you believe I love you?
If the One who made the earth,
heavens, moon and stars,
humbled himself and entered
the garden with you, would you
know I love you?
Would you grasp my great love if I took your
hand and walked with you in the garden of life?
Imagine if I shared the purpose and plans I
have for your life, could you dare believe how
much I love you?
Do you struggle at times to believe God loves you? There was a time I did. Head
knowledge of the Bible was not enough. The Love of God had to become personal
and real. Up close.
He did, the day I opened the door of my heart and invited Jesus in.
That was many years ago, yet there are still times I need to remember God loves me.
There was another who needed the reminder of God’s love. Proud and presumptuous
Peter,swore to the Lord he would never deny him. Yet to the disciples shame, he did
deny Jesus just as the Savior had warned.
Peter didn’t know the depravity of his own heart until the night of his failure. He had
loved and walked closely with Jesus for three years. But that night he followed from a
distance. Fearful, guilty and ashamed.
Fast forward to the trials, scourging, mocking and the cruelty of the Cross as the Lamb
of God suffered for all mankind. Finally, the amazing declaration of Jesus: “Father forgive
them, for they know not what they do.”
Jesus died, was buried and rose again on the third day….And before ascending back
to his Father, he reinstated Peter with these words, “If you love me, feed my sheep”.
Knowing Jesus compassion and forgiveness for Peter, should encourage us to keep
walking with the Shepherd of Love….Believing nothing can separate us from the love
of God—not even our fears, feelings, or failures.
We will know we are loved, when we by faith walk with Jesus and believe He loves us.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor
life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about
tomorrow…not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8: 38,39 NLT