Why Would God Ever Want to Love a Sinner Like Me?

by | Dec 15, 2014 | Encouraging, Winning | 34 comments

Would you love God if He didn’t love you? 

Thankfully, you’ll never have to answer that question because God will always love you.

A better question is why does God continue to love us despite our depravity and sinfulness?

Because the Lord Almighty loves us unconditionally.

Whether or not you love Him back, God will always love you.

It’s agape love.

God, You, and His Agape Love

Why is it important to understand God’s love for us? Because, in my humble opinion, love is the most powerful force in the universe.

Love is pure God. The same love that God has for us, He asks us to have for one another (John 13:34).

If we were to love others as God loves us, there would be no turmoil, no wars, no fights over territory, no stealing, no killings, no crime, no backstabbing, and no ill-will towards one’s neighbor. Peace and rest would rule the day.

But humankind has trouble seeing the big picture when it ignores God’s love.

Our God is incredibly merciful. His heart is consumed by His love for us. Just as He holds up the world with His love, we hold Him up in our hearts with the very same love.

Love is more than a feeling. It is the substance of God’s nature.

God created us for fellowship, with a free will to make decisions, be they right or wrong. His love won’t allow Him to give up on us.

He hates the sin, not the sinner.

I didn’t have to better myself for God to love me. He already did.

I didn’t have to make a deal with God in exchange for His love. He already loved me.

I didn’t have to be the perfect man to win God’s favor. He wrapped me up in love before I was even born.

I couldn’t buy “more love” if I wanted to. God gives me all the love He has through His son, Jesus.

Like a loving parent, He encourages us, teaches us, shows us the way to righteousness, a road that is an alternative to death. He chastises us when we do wrong, provides for us, comforts us, and sets us apart as His people.

Just how powerful is love? Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8:

 “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. …”

The Best Part About God’s Love

Did you catch that golden nugget in God’s word? … “It keeps no record of wrongs.”

God’s love for us, through His son Jesus, wipes away all our past sins. They’re gone!

We are wed to God through His love, and His love never fails! It’s a forever love!

He will love you when nobody else will.

He will love you when you feel you don’t deserve His love.

He will love you when you are so low you have to look up to look down.

He will love you even when you think you have made it impossible for Him to love you.

He loves you through your tears and sorrows, through your joy and accomplishments, through all the highs and lows of life.

And He will still love you when you turn your back on Him.

His love is never ending and always triumphant.

He made that point loud and clear when He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be sacrificed to atone for all mankind’s sins.

John 3:16-17 is God’s love letter to the world:

“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

He knows our weaknesses (that is why, as Philippians 4:13 notes, in Him we are strong), He knows our failures; He knows we are prone to mess up on a constant basis.

And yet, He is there waiting to pick us up and dust us off. And not once did He stop loving us.

God Always Leaves Us a Way Out Of Sin

Our Father always shines a light on the alternative path to salvation as man walks along that dark road to destruction.

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

On that hard road of life, He is that constant flashing neon sign that says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Your God loves you more than you will ever know, Jew and gentile alike.

I had to marvel at just how magnificent His love for us is when reading Isaiah 22:12-14.  This was surprising since this is a very telling and harsh scripture about God’s anger turned against Jerusalem.

But through this chastisement is born the seed of mercy.

Rather than humble themselves before the Lord, the inhabitants decided to party, ignoring God’s wrath, power, and ability to redeem.

 “The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine!
‘Let us eat and drink,’ you say, ‘for tomorrow we die!’ ”

You wouldn’t think there was any mercy to be had in those verses, but in the context of Jesus’ death on the cross for all of mankind, Isaiah 22:14 now becomes a prelude to His unending love for us.

In Isaiah 22:14, God’s wrath explodes in full fury against a hard-hearted people.

 “The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: ‘Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.’ ”

God was so upset that His people decided to party and carry on in the face of impending doom; to display a total disregard for Him and his warnings that He said, “This sin will not be atoned for.”

You would think they would humble themselves, fall on their knees, and ask God for forgiveness rather than party their way to certain death.

No weeping. No sackcloth. No lamenting. No asking for forgiveness. No expectation of God’s mercy. No respect for the Lord Almighty.

God was saying WAKE UP and humble yourselves before Me! And His voice they did not heed. God could have left future generations to the same fate.

But it didn’t end there, thank goodness.

Don’t Take God’s Love For Granted

God loves us. It bears repeating, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross allows everyone to atone for their sins, if they but believe in Him and call on His name.

 “God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:3-4)

This selfless sacrifice makes Jesus the Lord of my life.

If you still have doubts that God loves you, look at Jesus nailed to the cross and tell me what you see.

Do you not see your sins crushed in front of you?

Do you not see your forgiveness in every drop of His blood?

Do you not see God’s open arms of mercy and salvation for you?

Do you not see love?

34 Comments

  1. Peter Guirguis

    Powerful reminder of God’s love for us! Thanks for this blog post Ani! It’s timing is perfect, just as Christmas is around the corner. Christmas = love 🙂

  2. kurt bennett

    Great post Ani! Anytime I feel doubt about God’s love for us creeping in, I look to Jesus and his work on the cross. For me, I just can’t experience Jesus in the gospels and doubt God’s love at the same time. Thank you for sharing this great truth!

  3. ani maamin

    Thanks, Kurt. In line with what you said, I was in Mark 14 this morning and reading (and feeling) how Jesus is agonizing about His upcoming death on the cross, begging the Father to “take this cup away, but not my will but Your will be done.” That is pure love for us. I challenge anyone to look at what Jesus did on the cross and not feel embraced by God’s love.

  4. Phillip Chavez

    I Love this Post, Thank You.

  5. ani maamin

    Praise the Lord, Phillip, and may God bless you richly.

  6. ani maamin

    Jesus Christ, the best Christmas “present of love” anyone can ever receive for 2,500 years running.

  7. Luis

    i have read, and i know you probably hear this a lot, but i have gone so far i cant even feel guilty anymore for my sins… its starting to scare me because before i would cry and fear, now i dont even feel the Spirit agonizing, i feel like i have laughed at God with my sorrys and sins every 5 minutes that he knows im not for real, im not loyal. i simply feel i will be his perfect example of a goat!

    i feel like i dont feel loved by anyone, everyone judges me, i feel like the idiot of the group wherever i go, i feel like i annoy people and im no good but to be a bother and a burden to others. everyone says and i admit, my mind doesnt work at the level of a 25 year old, more at the level of a 15 year old, emotionally and logicaly.

    i feel so much pain and sorry for my self, i cannot understand why rather than laugh at each other, we cant help or teach each other, i feel like i sin (specially in pornography) because its the only thing i have left that will make me feel good, even though it doesnt fulfill me, so since i cant feel God, i think, ” i might as well”. i feel so lonely, i feel like no advice helps me and i relate to what this lady says in this link:

    https://www.innerbonding.com/show-article/3016/are-you-having-trouble-feeling-your-feelings.html

    i have prayed to the depths of my core and i never see change, im probably a burden to God…

    do i have depression? am i insane? am i retarded? why dont i seem to wake up completely out of this dreamworld my mind seems to roll in?….. i truly believe im going to hell….. if God knows this, why do i ask for help and end up sinning because i dont have patience, why cant i feel his hand in my situation?

  8. ani maamin (@animaamin1)

    Luis, the Holy Spirit has not left you, you are just not allowing the Holy Spirit to work in your life. Stop sinning! Might as well get to the root of the matter. Let me say it again. Stop sinning, repent of the sins in your life that hinder your walk with God (such as the pornography you mentioned) and then appeal to Him as a son would to his Father. In numerous Old Testament scripture, we read how God would shut His ears to the cries of the Hebrews while they were still in sin. The same applies to you. Remember who gives you victory over sin. 1 Corinthians 15:57: “But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Luis, you are not alone. And I will write more on this topic in my next blog, Lord willing, so watch for it in early June.

  9. Luis

    Thanks a lot brother, i made my peace with God this morning before reading your message., but it was still encouraging, i have decided that i want to follow Him regardless, and i have realized what you said, that im not letting Him work through me, but im starting to discover how, hes showing me and leading me, i also had a fellow brother (who is very special to me) pray for me and immediately i could feel God calling me to Him again, im feeling blessed but still need to work on not working my salvation, that its about His Grace and not about what i can do, as Paul says.

    please send m a link when you write your next blog. Thanks, and God bless you.

  10. ani maamin (@animaamin1)

    It is awesome, Luis, to realize when you are a child of God. Do not look to the left or to the right, but stay focused on the path straight ahead of you that leads to God’s heart. I will be happy to send you a link to the new blog when it is published. I will reply here. Go with God, my friend.

  11. Cece

    This was so awesome to read. See the link for a PERSONAL testimony of just how GREAT Gods love is and how He loved me unconditionally me even when I REALLY didn’t deserve it.

  12. Thelma Mfabana

    All I can say Lui You are blessed. You encouraged me too. We really need to pray for one another.

  13. Anonymous

    This brought me to tears thank you

  14. Terri

    God hears you and will help you with any concerns or issues in your life. Be patient and continue to call on him. He hears every cry and need for help. You must believe in him.

  15. Juan angel Garcia

    Thank God for this revelation He has given you. Thanks for sharing as I needed to read this. I have much to be thankful for. This will make me refocus on all my action.

  16. Osahon Benson

    Dear Sir Ani maamin ( I have the English meaning I Believe tattooed on my wrist 2014.) all my life I have wanted to see Gods face and I was raised by a Christian mum . I served God to my understanding until pride sets in to make me believe God prefer some people to some and if you be with him you can even kill without guilt and can ask forgiveness and once it done . But the repentance from such makes me feels that was the consequence you deal with alone and since i relocated from my family I join internet fraudster because I never wanted to be a coward and seems the easiest way to help my family out of poverty and when I get what I want I will just seek forgiveness and restitution, but I am still in that sin even when I started my own family all plans to build on my music career so I can away from that sin even made me continued because I was scared if I don’t I may starve me wife and son to death as there no help from man and even God I suppose ( I was lead to leave in an occultic house that worsened my situation) now my question is why can’t I just do my heart desire which has been from childhood to be a soul winner and work for God without been in ministry or been a pastor ??? 2 ) I know my sins are the only demarcation btw i and my God , now if i quit this my sin because I know I am a man I always feel no matter what I become I will still sin. 2 ) how can I change to my desire profession without hurting my family financially and otherwise ???

    Please write my email Sir on Pro_jayjay at yah00 dot co .uk

  17. ma'kael glasper

    I would have never thought I would ever see those words from god, that was something I wanted to hear my whole life.

  18. AniMaamin

    Thank you for your comments, all praise to our Lord Jesus!

  19. AniMaamin

    Seek God with all your heart and with all your love and with all your might. He answers the prayers of His people. Reach up to Him and He will reach down to you. He wants none of us to perish. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) … God bless you sir.

  20. AniMaamin

    My prayer is that God will bless you richly in spirit and truth, as He will all his children!

  21. AniMaamin

    May our Lord Jesus bless you always Juan…

  22. annee McHughes

    Wow, incredibly encouraging message and the heartfelt responses from brothers and sisters – soul wrenching. There are none who do not struggle against the lure of sin – whatever our indulgence or over-indulgence. How sweet to know our Lord roots for our victory, that, as Paul said, when we persevere, we run the race well. We don’t have to be head of the class, we just have to keep looking up to our Savior, accepting His merciful love, and move forward. To all struggling here, God be with you. We must never give up. What then shall we say in response to these things? For if God is for us, who can come agaist us? Rom. 8:31 The enemy would like nothing better than for us to say, I am hopeless, I’ll never overcome __________. Devil be damned, through Christ who strengthens us, we will overcome! Phil. 4:13. When all seems futile, cling to scripture for His word is His bond with us. In His love, by His grace, annee

  23. Julien Crowe

    Wow well apparently I’m not the only one out here who feels this way. Guess there’s two of us

  24. Bashir P

    Dear Pastor, Brother & Sister in Christ,
    Greetings to you in Jesus’ name!
    I am Bashir from India! God has asked me to reach out especially to the Muslims with The Gospel of Christ and plant Churches among them. God is using me for His own glory among the Muslims.
    I am seeking more prayers of God’s saints around the world. My daughter Noorie’s life is in danger. Therefore, I am in great need of your kind prayers & intercessions for her life. I am very sad to share with you that she has developed friendship with my former care taker of the Church building who is a lair, unfaithful and morally corrupted boy. God’s Spirit led me to found your contact address through Google search so that you could pray & intercede with my prayer request.
    Please pray that God’s Spirit will convicts Noorie’s heart and she will break this unholy & inappropriate friendship for His own glory. Please pray that Noorie will give priority to Jesus in her life and LOVE TO HIM BY OBEYING HIS COMMANDMENTS.
    Regards,
    Bashir
    Contact: iamthelight1994@gmail.com

  25. J smooth

    Might be time for true repenting before it gets out of hand like Cane. Gen 4:7 ” If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” The Lord knows you are with sin just as everyone all of us. The Lord wants you to gain control over your sin. The best way to do it is to be in CONSTANT COMMUNICATION with our Lord and God. That doesn’t mean you won’t sin. David was a man after God’s own heart and each king who was raised up after him… god would compare them to king David. Yes the same king David who slept with Bathsheba. He delivered David from the hands of Absalom. Yes The same king David who killed his best buddy Uriah in battle. #innoncentblood. I encourage you to pray for holy spirit read 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. What made David such a glory in God’s eyes clearly wasn’t because he was perfect and didn’t give in to lustful desire. He was glory for God because no matter what he did he ran to God instead of running away. When he messed up it broke his heart so much so he went lived with devil worshippers. Even amongst then the Lord kept him. The Lord doesn’t call the qualified (as you can see none of us are qualified we ALL have fallen short) he qualifies the called. Pray to the Lord to create in you a new heart and a new spirit. Pray for Grace to do his will to anoint you with a double portion of his good spirit. Tell him the straight truth. Remember he is sovereign LORD and you have been adopted to call him FATHER. Jesus is your advocate he is always praying for you. As am I

  26. Álvaro Antón Navarrete

    Beautiful! Made me cry😭😭😭😭😭

  27. Frank Anthony

    For Bashir: Instead of judging and condemning this boy who befriended your daughter Noorie, why don’t you instead pray for his conversion, but only through love. When people pray for others to change they can feel it and block the vibes.

    For Luis. I am like you, Sir. I am already damned. I cannot believe in forgiveness. Its easy for people to say “Repent and ask for forgiveness and sin no more”. That’s easier said than done. Today I carry so much pain and guilt and remorse, that my only consolation is a belief in Judas Iscariot, who went though the pangs of guilt, sorrow and remorse. If anyone can understand me then it will be Judas for he too suffered what it was like to be ostracized, to be lonely, to feel unloved, and that his sin was too great to be forgiven. I am like Judas. Frank

  28. Handson

    I want to learn more about my God help me please

  29. Paul

    God is a filthy scumbag piece of shit anyway since he has certainly punished me enough.

  30. AMy

    What bible translation is this?

  31. Heather

    Frank, you are not “damned”, and neither is Luis. All that “damned” Judas Iscariot was his refusal to repent and seek God’s forgiveness, like Peter did. Both Judas and Peter sinned against Jesus that night, but Judas let himself be led down the primrose path to destruction listening to the same big, fat, lying liar that has you thinking you’re damned; where Peter came back and reconciled with Jesus despite his fear, Judas just went off and killed himself, and in the end Jesus built his church on Peter while Judas became a tragic cautionary tale.

    The difference between God’s guiding and Satan’s lying is actually pretty easy to spot most of the time. God’s guiding brings with it the conviction of the Holy Spirit and leads us to repentance when we sin, which brings us into (or back into), a right relationship with God; it’s all about reconciliation between us and God- though whether we choose to step into that reconciliation still sits squarely with the individual, and not everyone wants it.

    Satan’s lying, on the other hand, offers nothing but condemnation and false promises. Condemnation breeds hopelessness. It’s that little voice that tells you how awful/worthless/useless you are, and how impossible it is for God to love/forgive/want you. The problem with that, being a big, fat, lie told by a big, fat, lying liar, is that it’s not true, so it just needlessly keeps people who believe it out of reconciliation with their creator.

    Whatever your sins are, I promise you are neither the first nor the last of humanity to commit them. You are neither special nor unique in your sin, none of us are. Sin is pretty much the defining characteristic of our species, since no other species can do it and, save one person (the Lord Jesus), literally every single human in every single generation at every single corner of the earth going back to Adam is guilty of it. There is literally nothing more common among humans- except the grace of God since “where sin abounded, grace abounded even more”.

    Don’t believe the big, fat lying liar, because he’s a big, fat, lying liar who just wants to lead you down that same primrose path to destruction that Judas traveled. The Bible tells us that if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (IJohn, I think), and God, unlike Satan, is NOT a big, fat, lying liar, for “there is no darkness in Him.”

    (Sidenote: Did you know that “Satan”, translated literally, is “the accuser of the brethren”? Making us feel shamed and miserable about ourselves is his very name.)

  32. evelyn

    praise be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

  33. Gande Moses

    Dear Brother Osahon,
    You need to understand that God is not unaware of your desires and your life’s expectations. No one was created to end up poor – more especially His own elect – because we are instructed in the Bible to be caring, kimd, and generous. There are other legal ways to make good money without resorting to crime. Being an cyber-fraudster is not different from being an armed robber. A thief, by any other name is no less a thief in the real sense; your Robin Hood mentality, not withstanding. Robbing from one to bless another with is just as much robbery as robbery ever was! When you pay tithe from stolen wealth, understand that it is not Christ who received such. We must come to God with CLEAN HANDS and with A CLEAR CONSCIENCE! If we can’t trust God to give us in this life what He KNOWS is best for us per rime – and that includes both FULLNESS, and LEANNESS – in order that He may bring us to His ultimate purpose for our lives (ETERNITY with GOD our MAKER) how then can we expect to understand His deeper truths?

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