God has provided each of us with spiritual gifts and graced us all with the ability to love and forgive ourselves and others. The problems we have stem from our own inability to use these gifts and our unwillingness to give in to the love and forgiveness in order to make our lives whole. It’s a part of our human nature to be suspicious and give up on ourselves because we are afraid that others have given up on us. Or if they haven’t given up on us yet, they just might give up on us in the future.
After all, we think, we don’t have the patience to endlessly forgive and love everyone, so how can we depend on others to do the same for us? We all remember someone in our lives who let us down so often that we gave up on them in disgust. Perhaps it was someone who lied to us so often that we no longer believed them when they made a promise. Or a loved one who swore he or she would change, but we no longer thought it was possible because they’d failed so many times before. When we’ve been lied to, cheated on or let down by others, it destroys our ability to believe in others. By the same token, it destroys our ability to believe that anyone could ever possibly believe completely and without reservation in us.
But God is different. We don’t have to prove ourselves to him. No matter how many times we fail or fall short of the goal, He will forgive us and love us. He is our comfort and strength. We need never go it alone, for the presence and love of God is our constant companion and doesn’t depend upon our own actions or whether we’ve “proven” ourselves trustworthy or “good enough.” In God’s eyes, we will always be Loved.
“The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.” – Psalm 116:6
That eternal love of God, based not on what we do or don’t do, is one of the most precious gifts in the universe. Just imagine – God’s love is unconditional. That means that no matter how many lies you tell, no matter how many times you let Him down or break a promise to Him, God will never give up on you! This should give you amazing strength and confidence. You are loved! You will always be loved – and nothing will ever change that love!
Remember Christ’s last words to His disciples, all hard working, simple men who made many mistakes while trying to follow in his footsteps. When He appeared to His disciples after the crucifixion, He reminded them that they had much work to do in God’s name, but they were frightened and confused. But He wasn’t disappointed in them and He didn’t desert them. Before going to His father in heaven, he reminded them of the most important thing that we must all keep in mind to keep us strong in our faith,
“Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
With God always with you, even to the end of time, it becomes easier to believe in ourselves and in others. After all, if the Lord will never give up on us, who are we to give up on ourselves? Know, then, that with God, you can be successful in all that matters.
By Robert Moment