The other day I was watching a young woman discuss her strained relationship with Jesus. She felt so ashamed of her past that she couldn’t come to terms with God’s unconditional love for her. Her story broke my heart, but at the same time I could relate to feeling unworthy of God’s love.
Sometimes our mistakes and past can become a barrier that seems to separate us from God’s love. Leaving us unable to understand why He would want someone like us. How do we accept God’s love for us when we don’t understand it?
Breaking the Barrier
For many years I didn’t understand how God could love me with all the mistakes I’ve made. There have been times when I’ve prioritizes other people or things over him. I’ve taken my life into my own hands and instead of letting him be in control. Along with many other ways that I’ve turned away from God.
However, I’ve found that even when I run or mess up God is always there. I had to learn that God isn’t withholding his love, the problem is that I’m not accepting it. We think that our mistakes and past is the barrier, but it’s really the distance we’ve put between ourselves and God.
God isn’t looking for you to come to him when you’re perfect or have it all together. He wants to love you where you are now and have a relationship with you. He’s not concerned about the things that disqualify us but desires to walk alongside us moving forward.
His Unconditional Love
As I was writing this I had the hardest time trying to put into words God’s unconditional love. Then a friend reminded me how our Heavenly Father shows it through every person we meet in the Bible. All of the people who God calls have a past, bad habits, and believed that they were not enough for God’s love.
Moses felt that because he killed an Egyptian and had a stutter he couldn’t lead God’s people. Jeremiah told God that he was too young to speak to the people of Israel. Paul persecuted Christians and could understand why Jesus would call upon him to spread the Gospel.
God met each of them with love despite what they saw as obstacles that hindered their relationship with him. I believe that he also looks at us seeing the child he loves instead of our flaws and weaknesses. We have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus and our sins washed away, that means that God doesn’t see our sins but our heart.
Embracing God Fully
If we truly desire to have a relationship with Jesus then we can’t allow our shame to hold us back. He’s right here waiting for us, we just have to remove the barrier and allow him into our lives. Romans 8:38-39 says that nothing can separate us from the love of God, that includes our past.
Once we accept his unconditional love for us we’re able to grow and understand who God truly is. We’ll find that we are worthy and can experience his endless love for us daily. In Ephesians 3:17-19 Paul writes that when our hearts are rooted in Christ we can begin to comprehend the fullness of His love.
God’s unconditional loves you is stronger than anything in your past. Move closer so you can know him and feel how beautiful and powerful his love is for you.