DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than…the Principal’s Office

Were you ever sent to the Principal’s office?  It usually starts with a test. Not for you, but for the teacher.  You might have thought “I wonder what will happen if I start kicking the desk in front of me?” OR  “I wonder what will happen if I snitch the pudding from the guys lunch next to me” OR “If I throw a crayon across the room?”  Typically these behaviors lead to the teacher keeping you in from recess, giving you extra assignments or even telling you to sit in the hallway.  Unfortunately, students roll from one testing behavior to another until the teacher reaches her limit.  They’re “done with you”, “finished”, “fed up” and before you can find a fitting excuse, you’ve been sent to the principal’s office.  After all, a teacher should only have to put up with so much.

But then we have Jesus.  He doesn’t get “fed up” with us.  Once you believe that Christ is your Savior, you’re a keeper.  Really.  Once your soul is saved for all eternity, it’s saved no matter what.  The only thing that can change is if you stop believing Christ is your Savior.  Somehow Jesus’ limitless love seems like too sweet of a deal.  Surely SOMETHING could separate you from Christ.  The Bible says “no”.  Listen to Roman 8:38-39:
“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. “
How can our life not impact how much Jesus loves us?  Surely the bad things you do or the bad things you are going to do would stop Jesus from loving you.  This Bible verse says “no”.  What if someone treated you like garbage, would that stop Jesus form loving you?  “No”.  What if you were surrounded by temptation or what if you died?  Would Jesus’ saving love still be there?  ABSOLUTELY!  There is nothing that can separate you from Christ.  Nothing.
Let’s admit the obvious: This limitless love of Christ does not make sense.  Making sense is setting limits like a teacher sending a student to the principal’s office.  Isn’t setting limits what you would do?  It’s what I would do.   Limits keep others from hurting you.  Christ doesn’t need to keep His distance from you.  Christ has already suffered the pain of a relationship with you by dying for your sins on the cross.  So for Christ, your sins are gone.  He can love you as you were meant to be loved- free of sin.

That’s why the love of Jesus is limitless.  If he has removed your sins, think about how lovable you truly are.   Jesus paid the price so your sin does not stand between you and Him.  Scripture says is best “ Nothing will be able to separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Nothing.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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