Who loves you?
No, seriously. Who in your life do you know, without a doubt, loves YOU? Even when they don’t want to love you? Even when you’re being difficult? Even when you wouldn’t blame them if they didn’t love you? Even when you don’t want them to love you because you’re too mad at them right now?
Who loves you anyway? Isn’t it amazing what a little word can do to a question? Anyway. Despite all your “stuff.” Regardless of the pain you’ve caused. Even though you don’t deserve it. Unconditionally. Who loves you anyway? By now, I know that a name or two or six has popped into your brain. Thank them. Tell them how much you appreciate them for hanging in there with you and loving you in spite of everything.
Have you ever pushed someone away on purpose? Maybe fear set in, and you wanted to make sure they wouldn’t push you away first. Maybe you wanted to “test” them… Just to be sure they were going to “stick.” Did they? Stick, I mean. Or did they run the other way?
The song in my head this morning got me thinking about these questions. It’s You Love Me Anyway by Sidewalk Prophets. The words in the chorus, specifically.
But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
How You love me
Jesus sticks!! Jesus hangs with us even when we don’t want him to, or even when it gets too hard. He loves us anyway!! The Bible says that he loves us with an everlasting love. Ever. Lasting. Romans 8:38-39…
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is a pretty exhaustive list! NOTHING can separate us from His love. Even when others push us away, or we’ve alienated everybody who loves us, God Still Does.