Unbreakable Love

How far is too far? Where are the boundaries of God’s love? What would cause the Father in heaven to say to one of His children, “I don’t love you anymore, it’s over”?

Unbreakable Love

Isaiah chapter 49 verse 15 says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

God takes what is arguably the clearest demonstration of human love, that of the love of a mother for her nursing child, and claims that even though this love has its limits His does not. This strongest, gentlest yet fiercest love may in extremes of circumstances fail, but His never does.

The book of Romans speaks of this unbreakable love: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35,38-39).

Paul writes with confidence that the Christian cannot be separated from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. No test or trouble, poverty or persecution, danger or death can come between the heavenly Father and the object of His love. Interference by angels that condemn or demons who draw away and deceive cannot colour his view of “the apple of His eye”. Death does not sever, nor can the vicissitudes and complexities of  life separate, the true believer from God’s affection. God will not stop loving you because of some skeleton in the closet from the past (He’s always known all about it and loved you just the same). Today’s failures, shameful though they may be, cannot dim the light of His love any more than the, as yet uncommitted, offences of the future. This passage from the Bible teaches that there is not even anything in the spiritual realms of heaven or hell that can lessen the love of God for those who are His own.

This is a love that goes beyond our natural concept of love . . . to love the lovable as long as it benefits me and only up until the point when they cease to remain worthy. God loves the unlovable, gets nothing out of it, and still commits to it with a promise that cannot be broken.

God first demonstrated that love in the giving of His Son as a substitute and sacrifice for those of us who had broken His law. In the same chapter we read that God “did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all” (Romans 8:32a). Having given heaven’s best at immeasurable cost, “how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32b). Nothing He gives to the Christian can cost Him more than that which He has already given on the cross.

The person who has confessed his/her sin, believing that Jesus Christ died as a result of their personal offences and was resurrected on the third day is saved from their sins and adopted into God’s family. When someone is converted they change from being an enemy of a holy God to being safe and secure forever in the palm of His loving hand. Jesus says:

"And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand” (John 10:28-29).

What about you? Do you have confidence in the unwarranted mercy, unmerited kindness and unbreakable love of God for you?