“Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written and forever remains written,
“For Your sake we are put to death all day long;
We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
How beautiful is the above verse! The love of God is beyond human comprehension. His love is unconditional. It isn’t tied to our actions. Yes you read that right. He loves everyone – the sinners and the saved. We are used to seeing selfish love – giving and expecting something in return. God’s love isn’t that way. That is why it doesn’t make sense.
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
The above scripture proves that God’s love is for everyone including you. Although He hates sin, He doesn’t hate the sinner. Sin doesn’t make Him love us less.
We all go through certain seasons in life that could make us sometimes doubt God’s love towards us. I have heard people say “if God loves me why am i going through this tough time?”. The thing is this. We’ve been born into a world of sin. Originally God didn’t want it so but His initial plan was changed due to Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden of Eden. As sin has its consequences, we are facing the consequences today. However, this has not in any way changed how God feels about man. If it did, He wouldn’t have sent His only begotten son (Jesus Christ) to die for us.
I like to explain the relationship between God, sin and the sinner like the one of a parent, child and mess. If a child goes put his/herself in mud, no matter how filthy that child looks, as a parent you don’t put the child in the bin as a result. You clean the mess from the child’s body and hug that same child a minute later. That is how it is with God. Sin is that mess. He is waiting to clean us up. The only difference between the parent, child scenario and God is that because He has given us a free will, He can’t force us.
Another way to see it is using a young adult as an example. As a parent you can’t force an adult to change his/her bad behaviour because s/he have a will. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t love that child. A good parent will always be thinking of that child and will be looking forward to the day that child will change his/her way and come back home. The fact you can’t force the child to change doesn’t mean you don’t love him/her. This is the case with God.
Although God’s love is lavished on the world, only a few have accepted it. Many are still trying to debate over if the love is real or not. I get why they are thinking this way. The love of God doesn’t make sense to us humans. It is extravagant. It’s different. As humans we tend not to accept something we aren’t used to. This is why I think many are holding back. However the fact that we don’t want to accept the truth doesn’t change it from being the truth. God loves us. This is the truth.
What makes His love so reliable is because it is constant. We don’t earn God’s love. We just accept it. Open your heart to accept His love and you will never be disappointed. God’s love is pure. God is love!