“ Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” – C.S. Lewis
God owns His love. You can’t add to it. It’s a love that doesn’t depend on you. It’s a love that depends on God alone. It has nothing to do with you. God’s love depends entirely on Him. There is no good thing that you can do to get God to love you anymore and there is nothing that you can do to get God to love you any less. It’s not about your love for God; it’s about His love for you. God’s love is unconditional and is the driving force behind everything He does.
Unfortunately, religion has misrepresented God. In some cases, religion has presented God as harsh, unforgiving, cruel, and judgmental. They have come up with the conclusion that God is mad at them. God is not mad at you; He is madly in love with you. 1 John 4:9-10 says, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” (Jeremiah 31:3). King David, whom God referred to “as a man after my own heart” said: “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.” (Psalms 59:16-17).
God loves you simply because He loves you. You don’t have to work for His affection. You don’t have to set yourself straight before God can pour out His love over you. The father in the prodigal son’s story ran out to meet his son before anything had ever been set right. He didn’t know his son was there to apologize. He didn’t care. He simply wanted to love his child. Your heavenly Father feels the same way about you. He longs to love you right where you are, as you are.
Maybe you’ve struggled to fully understand God’s love for you. Maybe you feel your shortcomings and sins make you feel unlovable. But if you take the time to cultivate and grow your faith, your understanding of God’s unconditional giving, and sacrificial love will grow. With a fuller understanding of His love, you can then reflect His love and transform lives.
Understanding the love of God for us is essential to a fulfilled Christian life. God’s love is fundamental to our identity as His children and the sacrifice of Jesus. The Christian life is rooted and grounded in the unconditional love of God. It may seem elementary that God loves you, but hopefully, you open your heart anew to this reality, and that God could reveal His love to you in a real and new way today.
- How would you describe God’s love in your life?
- What’s one change you can make in your life to put more love into action?