He loves us the same

As a young believer, I misunderstood the love of God. Even though I knew scriptures that said that the love of God was not based on my works, it sounded too good to be true. I mean how could He love me in my bad days the same way He does on my good days? Even though I knew that He loved the sinful world enough to die to save us all, I thought I still had to be very good in order to make Him continue to love me. I failed woefully at this task. Each failure lead to further frustration. This Christianity thing was hard I won’t lie. It sounded like a very beautiful idea that was unachievable.

I saw those whose faith walk looked perfect always. ‘They deserved the love not me’ i said to myself. I sometimes wondered though how realistic this kind of walk was. But who was I to judge. The standard was too high. Sustaining God’s love for me seemed like an impossible task.

Sunday came and everyone had to act good and perfect. It looked fake. My little mind could not understand how fast and easy it was to wear the masks. Sundays looked very different from other days even though I was dealing with same people. I didn’t find it interesting. A part of me felt I had to do same to sustain God’s love. Despite being taught enough to know that God didn’t like me presenting a false image to Him, it was easier to act along just so i could fit in.

I often wondered what it would be like if we all took off the masks and showed who we were Monday to Saturday. I wondered if we could maintain same circle of friendships and if the religious titles would remain. Wasn’t this all part of the pursuit of sustaining God’s love?

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

This was one of the most difficult scriptures for me to comprehend because i couldn’t understand how nothing could separate me from His love. Not even sin could separate me from His love.

The more i grew in faith, the more my flawed perception of God’s love began to melt away and i began to learn and understand that there is a difference between God loving me and God being pleased with me. There is nothing i do or will do that can ever make Him love me more or less. He loves the priest the same way He loves the terrorist. Sounds crazy i know. His love doesn’t make sense to our mere human mind because it is beyond our thought process. My actions has no impact on the measure of God’s love for me. My actions on the other hand determines whether He is pleased with me or not. 

Knowing that His love for me is secured, i became less concerned about sustaining His love and was more concerned on whether He is pleased with me.

This same measure of constant and steady love is what He has for you too. He sees the filthiness in us. He is the Truth that reveals the darkness in us but still He chooses to love us the same.

He doesn’t need you to clean up before coming to Him because He knows that you can never be clean enough for His standard. Hence He extends the open invitation to you. He wants you to come and enjoy the love He lavishes on everyone. Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour so you can feel His overwhelming love for He loves you the same.

 

 

25 thoughts on “He loves us the same

  1. I had the same concept. It took me years to realize that we can’t comprehend the heighth nor depth of His love. He loves us no matter what!I actually just did a fb post about how before I came to really know Him, I thought He was just waiting for me to mess up so He could meet out punishment.

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      1. I loved 90% of what you wrote and I hesitated to even comment because of my tendency to be transparent which I realize can be hurtful and that is not my intent. But the use of the word, “d—-m”, in this blog turned me off. I am not pure, i.e., not totally sanctified, but my heart is turned in that direction. And for many reasons I do not believe that 4-letter words serve a good purpose. Ok, so what’s the difference between, “d—m”, and, “darn”? I don’t know. But I know that God is so high and so Holy that He is worthy of my best words. “For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.” (1 Pet. 3:10)

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      2. Thanks for your response. I have never considered it as a swear or curse word. I note that there are a lot of words some may consider profane which others don’t. A lot of factors affect this which I don’t think is necessary to discuss. I am glad though that the message of this post has not been missed and others are able to relate. I will however edit this post by taking that word off so it doesn’t become a stumbling block. Blessings!

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      3. It is a deep subject but I am with you and assure you that I did not miss your great message and I do know people do experience what you expressed. I wish that blogging was around when I got saved because I needed a lot of guidance, had a lot of questions and very few people could identify me.

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      4. I understand what you mean. Thank God for more understanding and teaching of the word which we are able to access on various platforms. God bless you indeed.

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  2. I have had these EXACT thoughts! The love of God is so hard to wrap my brain around most of the time. I catch myself thinking, “Yea God loves that person because they do so and so..or because they’re dedicated to Him in this or that way” when in reality His love for that person and for me is the same! You put it perfectly: God loving me and being pleased with me is different. But I need to remember that my works are not a way to earn His love because I already have it. He already loves me. I aim to please Him with my life, but even during the times when I fall short His love for me remains the same. His love is not dictated by my actions. SO different from man…and I love that.

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  3. Amazing: “This was one of the most difficult scriptures for me to comprehend because i couldn’t understand how nothing could separate me from His love. Not even sin could separate me from His love.”

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  4. Praise the LORD Sister! Don’t you love how God speaks to us. I might not hear an audible voice but He still speaks through His Word. These verses are what changed my life. I had been so rotten in life. I knew Jesus, and God and was convinced that although I believed that I could never be loved by God, not His fault but because of all that was me. BUT I was determined to live a life that pleased God for whatever time I had left here. These verses changed all that or me. Nothing, not even me, not the things I had done, not even the daily slip ups, could separate me from the love of God! Hallelujah 🙂

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  5. I am thoroughly enjoying your blog, and I’m so glad I found it.

    I love how God uses the images from our human relationships to illustrate some of his own nature. The whole image-bearing thing…is big. While we cannot fathom how God “does it,” we can look to our human relationships to see images, sometimes, and that helps me.

    With God loving us even when we’re bad, we can look at how a human parent-child relationship (a functional, healthy one) for help in understanding. My parents loved me, even when I disobeyed. They loved me even when I disappointed them. They delighted in me when I had victories, and they guided me when I had failures. I get to see it from the other side with my own daughter. She can make me angry, sometimes, and she can disappoint me, sometimes, but I love her on those days every bit as much as I love on the days when she amazes me with her kindness, good choices, and thoughtfulness.

    We cannot truly understand God this side of eternity, I don’t think. He is not like us, and He is above us, and He is infinite. We are limited and small and corrupted. Still. Human relationships that are healthy show us dim reflections of God’s nature, and I think that is such a precious gift.

    Thanks for sharing this blog…and keep going!

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