I came across a verse that I feel I've never seen before. (Don't you love it when that happens?)
"But God does not just sweep life away;
instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him."
2 Samuel 14:14b
He doesn't sweep life away...He devises ways to bring us back. Wow.
He doesn't get angry or offended, rather He yearns to draw us back to Him.
For the soul aching with shame...He has no desire to sweep you away. He's longing to restore your connection to Him.
For the one who feels they've messed up and wrecked things beyond repair...not so.
If your heart feels despair over one was has wandered and you've lost hope for restoration...take comfort. He is, at this very moment, devising ways to bring that one back to Him. Pray with renewed faith.
Comfort and conviction.
I sometimes want to "sweep away" those who irritate or inconvenience me. This alone separates me from Him, but He has devised a way... The capacity to sustain love for the unlovable isn't instinctive or human. To love like He loves means soaking up His love for me so I can extend the same love to others.
We love each other because he loved us first.
1 John 4:19