God Never Gives Up
God’s blessings pursue those who don’t follow wickedness, when we avoid sin, when cynicism beckon, but we refuse blessings awaits us. It is by refusing to fall prey to sin and everything that comes with that we come near the rightness of God and God’s people. We are blessed the most when we do good to others not for any gain we might reap but for the sheer joy of loving others.
Those who sin and focus on badness will get all that comes from it. When we do bad, dire results will come our way. That which we focus on is that which we will gain.
Psalm 1 says this directly. Psalm 1 seems to be instructions for living. You don’t have to be a believer to know this is true. When we do good, good will is the natural outcome. When we do evil, we will pay for it. It is that simple.
We could confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every behavior. God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God’s love. Evil does not belong. (Henri Nouwen)
I want the 40 days of Lent to be a time to explore God’s love and all the ways we block it—how to best express and share it with others. I mean for this to help me spiritually and if you, dear reader journey along with me, I hope it helps you too. Feel free to converse with me. This could be an amazing time for God’s love to enter our life deeper than ever!
So, Psalm 1 and Henri Nouwen are telling us that when we do good we are living the kind of life God wants for us. When we look to make our fellow travelers day brighter we are bring more of God’s love into the world. When we do bad, no matter how slight we are blocking God’s love. We ask ourselves what we want more of, more of God and His love or more of the world we know all too well. I say we should choose God’s love over everything this world has to offer. We can experience, express, and share God’s love here and now.
We should dare to enter into an intimate relationship with God without fear, trusting that we will receive love, love and always more love. God never gives up on loving us even when God is saddened by what we do. (Henri Nouwen)
God will never give up on loving us into the kind of person we were created to be. God loves us as we are, but way way too much to leave us that way. God’s fierce, unconditional, amazing love will make us all we ought to be and so much more. Just trust in God’s love and share it with others.
May Lent be a time for God’s love to enter into your life more and more.
Grace and Peace