There is something special about the love of God. When I realized just how much Father God loves me, I, in return, began to fall in love with Him. I view it as one of those love stories on TV. The storyline where the man professes his love for a woman after meeting her, but she does not feel the same way. He proves how much he loves her in action by sending flowers, gifts, and even writing her a love letter expressing how he feels. After time passes, she begins to spend time with him and realizes that he is just what she has been looking for all the long.
God is the same way with us. He is the perfect gentleman that professes His love for us. God provides for our every need and ensures that we are taken care of. The Bible contains God’s promises, and it speaks of the love that He has towards us. To top it all off, He gave the best present that anyone can give, His son. Unselfishly, Jesus willingly lays down His divine nature and comes to earth in human form to do the will of His Father. He did this knowing He would have to make the ultimate sacrifice of dying so that we could be reunited with Father God. When Jesus made this decision, He had you and me on His mind.
Just think, God already knew that some people would reject His gift of Jesus, yet He still chose to send Him out of love. Would you be willing to do that? Would you be willing to give up your only child to die for people you knew would not care? God’s love for us is an example of what unconditional love looks like. Unconditional meaning without conditions. His love for you and I is not based on how much money we make, what kind of jobs we have, our last names, and what we do for the church. God loves us just because of who we are. He loves us in our imperfect state. Unlike the people in the movies, you don’t have to earn His love; receive it. There is nothing you can do to make God fall in love with you; he already loves you.
Not having to earn God’s love was a hard truth for me to accept initially, and I often felt like when I messed up, God was getting tired of me. I was afraid of being rejected by God because rejection was one of the things I battled with. When I finally realized that God loved me, I began to walk in my deliverance from the spirit of rejection despite my shortcomings. Dismiss the lie that says if I make a mistake God will stop loving me. We make the mistake of putting God in the same category as friends or loved ones that get tired and walk away when we do something wrong. God is not like that. The Bible speaks of God being longsuffering. God is patient with us, even when we may grow impatient with ourselves. Don’t allow your flaws or faults to hold you back from experiencing and receiving the love of God. God’s love covers your sins. 1Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Who is love? God is. When Jesus gave His life for us, the blood that He shed on the cross covered every sin.
That is excellent news for you and me. I mentioned in previous blogs that a Creator knows its creation. You see, God, with his all-wise and powerful self, knew that we are human and that we would make mistakes and that sometimes quite frankly, we were going to mess things up. He knew this, so He provided a way back to Him. That way is Jesus. By Jesus living a perfect life on earth and then giving His life for us, that ultimate sacrifice tore down that barrier between humanity and God.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have said, or what you have done; God’s love for you runs deep. The Bible refers to King David, a man after God’s heart, yet he was not without fault. He had Bathsheba’s husband killed so that he could be with her. Despite this, he was one of the greatest kings in the Bible. There was Peter, a disciple of Christ. He walked with Jesus daily and witnessed the miracles that Jesus performed. Yet there was a time where he denied Jesus. The Woman at the Well learned that Jesus knew all about her past when it came to men, yet He still offered her living water. Saul killed Christians because they believed in Christ. He had an encounter with God on the road to Damascus. Saul’s encounter was so powerful that not only was his heart changed, so was his name. The power of God’s love has the potential to change your very being if you allow it.
No one can match the power of God’s love; however, we are to pattern ourselves and the way we treat others after it. Do you mean it when you tell someone, “Love you” or “I love you”? When you experience the love of God, and you begin to realize how deep His love flows, a change takes place in your heart. Your view of people becomes different. When you come to an understanding of His love and what it means, you have a clearer understanding of what mercy, grace, and forgiveness in its truest form means. You begin to love people with the love of Christ. When you start to love people with Christ’s love, that means you love them and see them as Christ loves and sees them. You begin to look at people beyond what you physically see. That’s how Father God looks at us when we mess up. That is why we can go to Him when we miss it and ask for forgiveness. If you think that God is incapable of loving you, think again. God wants to show you just how much you are loved. All you have to do is receive it.