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Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Door is Always Open

As I stood at the edge of the threshold, a hush filled the room.

What would He think when He saw me standing there? I don’t deserve to be here. Will He see me? Will He wonder why I’ve come? I don’t think I can bear to see the look of disappointment on His face.

My eyes look down, embarrassed to have them looked into. I want so desperately to enter in and feel His embrace. What must He think of me? I haven’t lived as I should. I haven’t been who I was made to be. Is He disgusted with me too? Will He talk to me today? I don’t deserve to be talked to. I don’t even deserve His glance. I don’t deserve to be here. Should I turn and leave before He sees me?

Suddenly I hear His voice. “Come here, Jewel.” “Come sit with me a bit”. Tentatively I move forward to sit.

How can He look at me that way? How can His eyes light up like that as I move towards Him? Doesn’t He see how dirty I am? Doesn’t He see my sin covering me? I feel it shroud me and I am ashamed. Surely He sees it too.

I don’t want to fall back into these places of sin, but I do. Why do I keep making these choices?

He pats the seat next to Him and tells me to sit. I see the kindness in His eyes and I am undone. How can He look at me like that? How can He love me so?

He knows what I am thinking. After all He knows everything. “Jewel, you are still looking at your performance aren’t you?” “You’re still grading my love for you based on how well you perform.” “It’s not your good behavior that invites you here with me, it’s love.” “You belong to me, Jewel, it’s that simple.” “ I moved heaven and earth to be with you.” “Nothing you do or don’t do can change that.” "I don't see you covered in sin." "I see you."

I hear His words yet they are still so hard to grasp. He loves me apart from anything I do? He loves me just because He does? He will never be disgusted with me? He knows that my sin does not define me? He knows that the choices I make are not my identity?

But I don’t deserve this love.

His voice penetrates into my inward dialogue.

“Jewel, if you look at your behavior as a barometer for love, you will never deserve. Love isn’t based on what is deserved. That makes it about you. It’s not about you. It’s about the Father. God IS love. We created in order to love. Unconditional love means there are no conditions to being loved. You’re just loved... period.”

“Think about your children Jewel, You have always loved them. They are a part of you. This love you have for them runs so deep that nothing that they do could ever take it away. You don’t love them because of their choices, or actions. You love them because they were made in the midst of love to be loved. That’s me with you.”

No matter how many times I screw up and make the wrong choice those eyes of kindness welcome me back where I belong, in His embrace. He doesn't grade me or keep record. Neither should I. I feel the tenderness of His heart as He reminds me that He reveals my sin to bring me back into living in love. He waits to love me. Sin takes me away from the embrace. His kindness leads to my repentance. For there is no place I'd rather be than here with Him, seeing that look in His eyes.

This intense love draws me in and I am undone. I have never experienced anything like it. As His truth washes over me, I linger in the arms of love, feeling the full affects of the cross, and resurrection.

The door is always open. We are always welcomed in. He delights in loving us. We will never be graded again. There are no conditions, nothing to fulfill, only love awaits.

You, dear one are a daughter of God, created in the midst of love, to be loved. Do you see it? The door is always open. Enter in with confidence. For you are deeply wanted and loved. He's waiting.

Let us then approach the throne room of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

You can find Julie at her blog: Jewelz Sightings

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Blogger Denise said...

Beautiful, bless you.

October 11, 2009 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger Faith Imagined said...

Absolutely beautiful!

October 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

Thank you for this! It was needed and appreciated!

October 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Raye Ann @ Heart of the Home said...

I just started an Words of encouragement journal. Thank you for such a beautiful post to inspire my journal.

Raye Ann

October 11, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
OpenID bluecottonmemory said...

That is so true! So true! There are so many youth out there that don't know this kind of love. Please join me tomorrow, Monday, in a moms day of pray against violence in our schools. Letting these young men and women know about the love of our Father is the first step toward reducing that violence.

October 11, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Absolutely a blessing to read this. Thanks so much

October 11, 2009 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Betsy Markman said...

Wow, did I need to read this today! It's so beautiful. Thank you so much.

October 11, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

There are so many youth out there that don't know this kind of love. Please join me in a mom's day of pray against violence in our schools.


October 12, 2009 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

This is all so beautiful!

He loves me apart from anything I do? He loves me just because He does?...such a simple truth that is sometimes so hard to grasp...what a difference in our lives when we accept this....

October 12, 2009 at 6:18 PM  

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