February 5

Do you ever think that God is mad at you no matter what the Bible says or how many Bible verses you have read to the contrary? God may be upset with our sinful behavior, but God loves us, but sometimes we become so familiar with the idea of God loving us that it loses its impact. We often disconnect from the idea of God’s love experientially. Many times we judge God’s reactions based on how others react to our mistakes, but these are only projections. We must always go back to the one event of human history that clarifies God’s reaction to our sinfulness, and that is the cross of Christ. Others may reject us because of our sins, or abandon us, or never believe in us again because of their lack of forgiveness, but God’s reaction is that He became one of us and took our sins upon Himself. That is how God reacted to your sin and my sin. He didn’t abandon us, He didn’t reject us, and He still believes in who He made us to be, and wants to redeem us to our created value. The only way we can be separated from God and His great love for us is if we reject such a great offer of salvation only found in Jesus.

Romans 8:35-39

Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

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