What do you see when you look at this guitar?
I bet I can guess: you see a scratched-up, dented, broken instrument. How close was I? ;}
If you are like most, you would sensibly advise me to buy a new guitar. After all, it may end up being less expensive to get a brand new one rather than fix the old. “So, why not start all over?” You’d say.
Because Trixie is mine. She has helped me write songs, share my heart, and express my feelings. I’ve invested time in her, so to speak. And, as weird as it may seem, she is my friend. Just because she has a few scrapes and bruises, that doesn’t change the fact that she belongs to me. Sure, I can do the same things with her as I could with any other acoustic guitar, but I don’t want to give up on her. I don’t want to start all over with someone new. In spite of her nicks and dents, I still love her. Actually, her scars just make me want to love her that much more.
As I looked at her in this broken state, and said the above words to myself, I realized that GOD’s love is the exact same way with us. We are tattered and torn, broken and bruised, scared and scathed, but HE still loves us more than we know. HE wants to take care of us and patch us up, making us even more beautiful than before.
You see, we are never too dirty, or too ugly, or too scared for HIM to love us. HIS love is not dependent on our purity or brokenness. HIS love is independent of our mistakes. And, even more importantly, HIS love is stronger than them.
Romans 8:35, 37-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Nothing you have done, no scars you bear, hidden or visible, will ever stop GOD from loving you and watching you. And if you ask for it, HE will forgive you for whatever it is you’ve done. Nothing is unforgivable.
And I wanted to share (my version) of 1 John 4:16 with you.
And so we are sure of GOD’s love for us, and we trust completely in that love. GOD is love itself. Whoever lives a life of love, lives in GOD. And GOD in him.
GOD’s love comes with no strings attached. (get my joke? ;) So trust in HIS love! It will never fail you.
GOD bless you, my dented friends! And thanks for reading! ;}