What if God loved the way you do?
If He loved like me – He would need at least 8-hours of sleep and a good meal to keep the love coming. He would love less if He was in a bad mood and He would need downtime to love best. He would have moments of selfishness and impatience that would lead to complaining about the lack of love. He might even throw the occasional guilt trip because He was overworked, under-appreciated, and no one ever offered to help Him carry the weight of the world on His shoulders. Universal pity party, anyone?
If God loved like me, I would be in big trouble. And so would you.
God’s love is deeper, wider, higher, and greater than anything we could ever hope to achieve in our lowly, sinful state. It is constant, unwavering and certain. Sacrificial, unselfish, and without condition. Pure, perfect, and freely given.
Do you believe you are loved like that?
Or do you believe that in order to gain, you have to earn. Somewhere along this path of life we begin to strive for love. We are told to work harder, to do more, be more, have more. We are convinced that once we do, we’ll be worthy.
But God … He chose you and then He gave you, freely, everything He had to give:
Having chosen them, he called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory. Since He did not spare even His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Romans 8:30,32 NLT
God’s love follows a pattern of generosity second to none. There are no hoops to jump through. No tests to pass. No amount of money, or work, or effort that can earn it…
Because He knows how desperately we need it.
God knew, that if He didn’t give us His Son, if blood was not shed, and death was not conquered, we would be caught in a cycle of brokenness and hurt with only our version of love – my version of love – to save us. He rescued us from selfishness, despair, and our ever-growing list of love-worthy conditions.
And then, the God of above and beyond, higher ways and deeper thoughts took His love to a whole new level.
He knew that while we were learning to earn, we were also learning to doubt. To believe that when we miss the mark, we miss our chance. He knew that we have the capacity to sink into sadness, withdraw in our defeating thoughts, and be tempted to believe the lies of the enemy He already conquered on our behalf.
He wants you and me to know that no matter what we do, how far we run, or hide, or forget, His love still remains:
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
Do you believe that?
Nothing will ever steal God’s love from you. It is irrevocable, unbreakable, and 100% sealed to your heart.
His love reaches down through your past and poor choices, the sins you committed just this morning and the ones that will come tomorrow. His love reaches beyond your disbelief, fears, worries, and doubts.
His love goes before you. It covers your sins, binds your wounds, and heals your broken heart. His love inseparably guides your steps and guards your path, leading, directing, and proving over and over that He is not leaving you alone. He simply loves you too much to ever let you go.
God’s love overpowers your past, it overwhelms your efforts, and it consumes your heart.
You don’t need to understand it to receive it.
You don’t need to work to earn it.
You don’t have to strive to keep it.
You don’t have to feel it for it to be true.
You need only believe.
Will you do that today? Take Him at His unbreakable promise and His solemn word and trust that He loves you. Trust that there is nothing, nothing, nothing that will ever change that.
God doesn’t love like we do. He won’t hurt or fail you. He won’t break His promises. He won’t leave, turn His back, or forget you. If you don’t know a love like that – simply bow your heart and pray:
“Father, my heart has been broken and I haven’t known a love like Yours. I’ve worked hard to earn it, but I keep coming up empty. Lord, I give you my past and I receive the love that You freely give. Make my heart new. I walk forward believing and knowing that You love me. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer, I’d love to know because I love you too and I want to pray for you.