You’re never too far gone.
You are never too far gone for God. You have never done so much that God can no longer love you. You have never sinned so much that God can’t save you. You are never too far gone. “But Tess, you don’t understand what I’ve done. You don’t understand what has happened in my life. You don’t understand how far I’ve gone. God doesn’t love me anymore. I could never deserve to be with God.” It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or how far you think you’ve strayed from God. Because even though you may have stopped loving God, he has NEVER stopped loving you! Even though you may have let go of God, he has NEVER let go of you and he never will. It’s like the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15.
God will never force himself on you – he has given you free will. But as soon as you turn around and take one step towards him, he comes running towards you! As soon as you ask for forgiveness, your sins are forgiven and forgotten and the slate is wiped completely clean. Regardless. No strings attached. No matter what you’ve done.
It says in the Bible that “as far as is the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” // Psalm 103:12
Jesus did not die on a cross and then rise again 3 days later for nothing. He did that for you! He did that so that no matter what you’ve done, you can still be in a relationship with him. He took the punishment that you and I deserved and took it on himself so that your guilt, your shame and your sin could be gone forever. You think that God could never love you? Look at the cross!
The Bible says that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” // Romans 5:8
The cross reminds us that God gave EVERYTHING for us. You are never too far gone to come back to your loving Father in heaven.