I want to start this by trying to communicate what this verse has meant to me. This is a really important verse in my life. God has used it a lot to help my relationship with Him. This kind of love doesn't make sense in this world. Nothing can separate us from His love. How does that even work? What does that even look like? I used to ask myself these questions a lot.
we don't earn god's love
I spent the majority of my life living like I had to earn God's love. I didn't even realize that I was doing it. Every time I would sit down to spend time with Him, I would feel like I had to start by trying to read as much as I could or start by telling Him all the ways I screwed up that week. I felt like He was just sitting up there in heaven disappointed in me. One day I sat down to spend time reading my bible and I came across this verse. I began to think about what it would actually look like if I believed that: "nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." The more I asked about what that looked like, the more He showed me that He wanted me to come to Him so that He could show me how much He loved me. He didn't want to come to Him so that He could tell me I wasn't doing enough. That's not God's heart.
His love comes first
The more I dive into the Word, the more I understand God's love. The more I ask Him about His love, the more He tells me. I realized God's love came first, not my actions. The day I finally understood that my actions were completely independent of how God saw me was a really freeing day. Of course, He wants our actions to please Him but they do not define who we are. They are the response to God's love, not the way we get it. So tell Him things that are scary about spending time with Him. For me it was that I was worried I wasn't enough to be loved by Him. The moment I was honest was the moment He met me there to tell me the truth about His love.
Jesus - Thank You for loving me like You do. Help me to receive Your love. Redefine and shift my perspective of love to be like Yours. Reveal the places I've confused Your love and overwhelm my heart with Your love. Help me live my life like I believe that nothing I could do could separate me from Your love. Help me receive Your life so that I can give it away. Amen.
- Laura Lewis