John 6:37 – “However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.”
I’m currently reading a book called “Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers” by Dane Ortlund.
The chapter I read over the weekend was based on this verse. The author spends the whole chapter talking about the truth that no matter what we have done, no matter how great the sin, disappointment, betrayal, lie, hurt, or anything else – no matter it, once we humbly come to Jesus and accept him as Savior of our lives, he will NEVER reject us or cast us out of His presence. Below is a passage that I found to be very powerful:
“No, wait” – we say, cautiously approaching Jesus – “you don’t understand. I’ve really messed up, in all kinds of ways.”
I know, he responds.
“You know most of it, sure. Certainly more than what others see. But there’s perversity down inside me that is hidden from everyone.”
I know it all.
“Well – the thing is, it isn’t just my past. It’s my present too.”
“But I don’t know if I can break free of this any time soon.”
That’s the only kind of person I’m here to help.
“The burden is heavy - and heavier all the time.”
Then let me carry it.
“It’s too much to bear.”
Not for me.
“You don’t get it. My offenses aren’t directed toward others. They’re against you.”
Then I am the one most suited to forgive them.
“But the more of the ugliness in me you discover, the sooner you’ll get fed up with me.”
Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
Wow! I’ve been a Christian a long time, but the depths of Jesus’ love for us and relentless pursuit of our hearts and lives continues to humble and awe me each time I think about it.
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