What if you deeply loved someone and he constantly avoided you, made excuses for not talking with you, or always made a reason to cut short the time you were together? How long would your for him last? Would your love outlast the rejection? God’s love outlasted my rejection. I’m so grateful He never gave up on loving me when I rejected Him for nearly 20 years of my Christian life! He saved me with the precious blood of His Son and I took His gift but rejected a relationship! I wanted His benefits without His friendship! Yet, for 20 years, He continued to bless me, love me, and wait for my return. I spent no time pursuing Him. I lived as independently of Him as I could–seeking Him only when desperate. I served Him out of obligation and to preserve my false image as a “Christian.” I missed the best part of the life He’d given me! I was a broken girl, building my life around what seemed good to me—power, success, children, marriage—but these things were an illusion of security and hope. They never filled me—they just chained me. I believed the broken world could fix what was wrong with me. It took disappointment and disaster for me to return to God. When my “secure” world crashed—He was still there—wooing me back to Him.

I’m not sure what’s more mind-blowing to me—the sacrifice He made to be WITH me or the persistence with which He PURSUED me while I rejected and shamed Him. His reason: Love. Love does not change because it’s been rejected—it waits for the fleeing heart to return. God loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) He desires to draw all of us to Himself. (John 12:32). We didn’t choose Him, He chose us. (John 15:16) We only love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) Love that is real—meaning God’s love—is consistent—because God does not change. When our heart fails to desire and pursue Him—He does not fail—because His love is greater than our heart!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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