Life At Its Best: There is no limit to God's love

I was recently talking to a friend who told me about a guy from South America named Yuko. This guy didn't have the best background. When he first went to his church, he was addicted to drugs and was a frequent client of prostitutes. As the pastor was praying for Yuko after service that first day, God told him to keep reaching out to him.

Shortly after my friend began doing so, Yuko went back to his old lifestyle. In fact, he did this many times. He'd come to church several months and then go back to his old habits. But no matter how many times he fell back, my friend continued to reach out to him. He was determined to help Yuko move forward, and he did.

Today, Yuko works at a church, where he serves as his pastor's right-hand man. Every day, he helps people get restored just like he was. And it's all because someone sought him out and never gave up on him. That's exactly what God does for us.

Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost." No matter what we've done and even continue to do, God constantly seeks us out. Then he loves us with a love that develops us into all He knows that we can become.

In the book of Genesis, we see this love play out in Adam and Eve's lives. He had created a beautiful garden for them to live in. It was filled with everything they could ever need. The only command He gave them was not to eat the fruit of one specific tree. But the enemy tempted them into eating that fruit, and when they did, their eyes were opened. They realized they were naked and became so ashamed that they hid from God.

So many times, when we make a mistake, we respond like Adam and Eve. We hide and try to distance ourselves from God. We become convinced we're outside the limits of His love. But there are no limits. God never stops seeking us out. He wants to help us right where we are, but receiving that help requires us to come out of hiding. We must be real about the areas we're struggling with.

Adam then came out of the bushes and told God the story. Once he'd finished, God did three things: He forgave them, instructed them to leave the garden and supplied them with what they needed for the journey. God wanted Adam and Eve to know that His love would seek them out and stand with them, but it would also call them to a higher standard. It's the same for us.

Through our mistakes, God will always forgive us and provide for us. But then He will allow us to deal with consequences. Why? Because He loves us too much to let us continue making choices that bring pain. God has a great future in mind for you. Let Him build your life.

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.