I have been saving up the big four letter word for last. L.O.V.E. God loves us.
There is a song by Anthony Brown called “Worth” and in that song Anthony says:
“You thought I was worth saving
So, You came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
So, You cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
So, You sacrificed your life
So, I could be free
So, I could be whole
So, I could tell everyone I know
You thought I was worth saving…”
I love that song because it says that God thought you and I were worth saving. If Jesus came to a sin filled world and said, “Ok. Listen up everyone, I’m Jesus. I’m God. I am here to save you and make you righteous so you can have a relationship with your heavenly Father. When you die you will go to heaven and live with God for eternity. Hands up anyone who wants this? Let’s just tally up the numbers first…”. I doubt that many of us would have put our hands up because none of us deserve what Jesus is offering. Then we would have probably asked how much it would cost us. He would reply that it would cost us nothing at all but He would go on the cross and die for us. I bet most of us would have walked away from salvation for one reason or another.
However, God loves us so much, He didn’t even ask us first if we wanted to be saved. He just came and did it because He knew we needed it. Even when we think we are worthless and no-one cares about us, God loves us and He sees so much beauty in us.
It is not easy to understand God’s love because we live in a world where it seems that love can sometimes be bought or is conditional upon performance. However, God’s love is without limits, without conditions, it is not based on how good or bad you are today.
Did you know that God loves you exactly the same on a day when you are super holy, read your Bible, pray for people on the streets and lead 100 people to Jesus and you do whatever it is you think makes a person super holy; as He loves you on a day when you are at your worst and stuck in the middle of sin and you don’t even know how to get out. God’s love is constant. We think God’s love for us changes because we fluctuate through life. We are good and we are bad. We are saved and then we are not sure we are saved. We are at church and then we are doing that other thing (whatever your other thing may be). So because we fluctuate we expect God to fluctuate.
We think He loves us today, we believe it in our hearts and we post it on Facebook. Yet by the end of the week after a few things have happened we are not too sure and we are afraid to ask Him because we don’t want to find out that He does not love us anymore. So instead we shy away from Him because of guilt and we hang our heads in shame. There is nothing God wants more in those moments than to hold you and tell you that He still loves you and He will never stop loving you.
Let me tell you one thing, God’s love for you does not fluctuate. Do you know why? Because God is love (see 1 John 4:8). Love is who He is and the Bible tell us that God does not change. He is the same yesterday today and forever (see Hebrews 13:8). James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”. So if God’s love for you and I changed and shifted with the seasons, that would mean that God changes and shifts with the seasons. How can a God who created the seasons be moved by the seasons He created? God’s love for you is consistent and it does not change. It doesn’t matter how you feel sometimes our feelings are not our friends.
If you catch me on a Tuesday and ask me what my favourite colour is, I may say blue. You catch me on Thursday, I may say yellow. Why? I think all colours are beautiful I do not have a favourite one. So my favourite colour just depends on when you catch me and how I am feeling in that moment. So if I take my feelings seriously, I may never live the life that God wants me to live because I will be driven by the fluctuations in my feelings. As adults I find that we wake up in the morning and we do not always feel like going to work but we get ready and we go to work anyway don’t we? So why should it be any different with God? Why do we start paying so much attention to our feelings when it comes to God? You know God lives in us, we carry Him in our spirit and not in our feelings for this reason- you may not want to hear this but our feelings are not stable! That is why the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God. We just have to be convinced within ourselves that God loves us and that is the end of the matter.
God’s love is not based on our feelings as much as salvation is not based on our feelings. We just have to receive it from Him, thank Him for it and enjoy life with Him. God loves you. Nothing will ever change that.
God’s love for us is fiery and passionate. So passionate He chose death on the cross. He died for you and I. God has a fierce kind of love for us. He is not afraid and He will do anything for us. It is the kind of love that fights for you (see Exodus 14:14; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 1 Samuel 17:47). It is the kind of love that covers you and protects you (see Psalm 91). A love that does not give up on us (1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 118). God’s love is never ending. It knows no beginning or end. Because God is love. You cannot separate the two and there is no beginning and no end to God.
Meditate on this word from God today, read it over and over again and receive it in your heart. I will leave you with this:
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
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”.
Hear God’s heart for you as He gently whispers to you today, “I love you. I love you”.
Have a blessed day. P.s. Listen to the song, “Unstoppable love” by Kim Walker-Smith, it’s a beautiful song.