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?