In the movie, Good Will Hunting, there is a key moment in the story when Robin Williams’s character, a psychologist by the name of Sean, tries to get through to the troubled and gifted youth, Will, played by Matt Damon.
After some banter about their messed up childhoods, Sean grabs a thick file he has on Will, his past, his mistakes, his history and throws it down on a table. He turns to Will and said four words that Will dare not believe, but he needs to hear. Sean looks Will in the eyes and says, “It’s not your fault.” At first Will says, “I know” but deep down he doesn’t believe it, so Sean persists. Over and over again he looks Will in the eyes, and says, “it’s not your fault”, “it’s not your fault”, “it’s not your fault”.
When Will finally get it, it breaks him and frees him.
I understand Will. Perhaps you do to? There are things we hear but they can be hard to believe.
For Will it was the need to truly understand that the beatings and mistreatment he had received as a child was not his fault.
One of the hardest things to truly believe is the idea that God loves you. No matter what. It is not conditional on whether you have behaved. It is not conditional on whether you have prayed or read your Bible. It is not conditional on anything. That’s the point. He loves you when you are at your most noble, and He still loves you when you are at your worst.
Did you hear that?
Maybe you need someone like Sean to grab your shoulders, look you in the eyes, and repeat the truth that may break you and free you. God loves you. God loves you. God loves you.
I know you know. But do you really know? When you are at your worst. He still loves you. When you have failed Him. He still loves you. When you ignore Him. He still loves you.
God loves you. I hope you got it.