For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
~ Romans 8:35-39
My late, beloved Frank, who was ever-searching for God, helped me to discover a greater understanding of my Heavenly Father. The caring ways in which Frank consistently treated me not only affirmed his unchanging devotion to me but also served as a vivid illustration of God’s unceasing love for me.
Frank constantly reassured me that, in our relationship, I could not make a mistake. If I inadvertently said the wrong thing, or did something foolish, or handled a situation badly, it didn’t matter, he’d say. Frank knew my heart and true motivation. He understood. Beyond that, he loved me unconditionally. Nothing could alter that love. It was unchangeable and forever. I couldn’t make a mistake.
St. Paul assures us, in the Bible verse above, that that’s the way it is with God; we cannot make a mistake.
Yes, we do make mistakes. All the time. Things we’ve done that we wish we’d done better. And things we didn’t do that we wish we had done. We can lose hope in trying situations and feel like giving up. Sometimes when circumstances are especially difficult to handle we might be tempted to wonder where God is, if He will step in to make things right, or if He has left us high and dry. Later, looking back, we begin to worry we might have so disappointed Him with our doubts and questioning that we’ve damaged our relationship with Him.
At times like these it’s good to remember that God loves us unconditionally. He knows our hearts and true motivation. He understands and is always ready to forgive our faults and failings and continue on with us.
Make no mistake, dear Readers. Nothing can ever separate us from the steadfast love of our Heavenly Father.