"And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is." Ephesians 3:18NLT
There's an old camp song that goes something like this, "deep and wide, deep and wide, God's love for you is deep and wide...." OK, I'm not going to make a living singing old camp songs, but it was a fun way to remind children how much their Father loved them.
It's a great time to remind you too. During stressful times, busy times or times that maybe you are not living the life that you know that God wants for you--you may feel that He has forgotten you or turned His back on you. He hasn't. He can't. It's only you that can turn your back on Him. He is forever faithful in His love, grace and friendship towards you.
There's another song that I've been hearing lately on a Country station. It's a song about a dad that leaves a message on the message machine saying "That no matter what you have done, or where you may be, you can always come home, my daughter, to me. Just come back home."
When I first heard it, it made me spiritually weep. I can see God leaving that message for so many of us daughters (& sons). I know that there has been times in my past when--if I had called Him--that same message would be on His machine for me. How many times I must have hurt Him and He continues to love, & desires to have a relationship with me. And He continues to feel the same way about you. Our Father loves us so much that it doesn't matter what we've done or where we've been, as long as we ask for forgiveness, He will graciously take us back.
Could we? Could you? If someone turned their back on you--if someone injured your feelings--rejected you--would you be able to just take them back? Even if they did ask for forgiveness? It's a hard question to answer. At least truthfully. Spiritually you want to say 'yes' but realistically and honestly, the answer could be 'no'.
During this CHRISTmas season, do you think it would be a great time to give the gift of true forgiveness and complete love? A gift with no strings attached? A gift that isn't wrapped in guilt or tied with ribbons of half-hearted forgiveness or love? Is there someone in your life that needs such a gift from you? Is there someone in your life that--in order for you to be in your Father's will--that you should give that gift to?
God's gift to you is to graciously love & forgive you completely. It's a gift that He wants you to pass on. So...what's keeping you? Pass it on!