Have you ever thought about why princess fairy tales are so appealing to little girls (and maybe even some of us big girls)? I am sure it has some to do with ball gowns and tiaras, but I think there is something deeper that attracts us to these love stories. Intricately woven within these tales of adventure and romance is a kind of love story that appeals to a deep longing in our hearts. This is a longing created within us from the very beginning. It is a longing for unconditional love. You see, we don’t love the story of Cinderella because the prince falls in love with a beautiful girl at the ball. We love it because he chases after her and loves her even in her rags. This is the kind of love we long for, the kind that is willing to fight dragons, climb towers, and defy cultural norms, the kind that cannot be stopped.
We long for this kind of love, because we were created for it. We have a Creator God who was willing to lay down His life to save us. Our God chases after us relentlessly, and forgives us continuously. He has seen us in our rags, at our weakest moments, and yet, He promises to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
However, it can be hard to accept God’s love for us as truth. If you have ever struggled to believe that God could love you despite the dragons of sin and the rags of guilt in your life, please know you are not alone! Our enemy, Satan, loves to feed us the lie that there is no way God could love us when we have failed Him. The truth is however that God offers us the love we have longed for and promises that nothing can separate us from this love.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
I can’t read those verses without getting excited! Paul says that he is “convinced.” This word literally means he has been taken from a place of disbelief to a place of belief. He has become convinced that when we surrender our lives to Christ Jesus, there is nothing we can do to separate ourselves from God’s love. For those of us who need specific details, Paul is kind enough to list things that cannot keep us from God’s love:
- Present and future situations
- Physical and spiritual powers
And, just in case there is any confusion, he covers it all by saying “no created thing” can separated us from God’s love. What a difference from that little voice in our minds that tells us we cannot possibly be loved unconditionally.
The love that we long for is not just a fairy tale, it is the reality of God’s love for us. We did not earn it (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we cannot lose it. We simply get the joy of living in it! May we live our lives today in the confidence and joy of the truth that nothing can separate us from God’s love!
About the Writer:
Kate has the privilege of serving as the Girls Ministry Director at Frist Baptist Dallas. She has a heart for helping girls come to know and build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She is also contributor to Lifeway Girls Ministry resources.