‘Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not’ C.S Lewis
Have you ever been in love? Or have you ever loved someone so much, you think about them all the time? I’ve been loved. And I’ve loved. I know that my family and friends love me, and I love them as well.
But I also remember a time I used to ‘love’ someone but I don’t love them anymore. I’m talking about ex-boyfriends here. I mean at the moment I thought I loved them and we had a future together, but all of that was short lived. We broke up and both moved on. So, the ‘love’ we claimed to have at the time is gone.
While being loved and loving people is great, l believe God’s love is the best. Why, you may ask.
Here are 4 reasons why God’s love is amazing
1. God’s love doesn’t depend on your behavior
In 1 John 4:16 God’s word says ‘And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him’
God himself is love. He is the definition and author of love. It’s who He is. Who He is doesn’t change. Just like who you are or who I am can’t change. I’m a woman-that can’t change. So, it’s the same with God. Love is who He is. Whatever we do, it doesn’t change who He is. He still loves us no matter what. Isn’t that amazing?
That’s the difference with human love which is very much dependent on what someone does. Good people are easy to love but people that have wronged us are hard to love. Our love is based on behavior. When you just see the divorce rates, the fights, broken relationships all around us, it’s all proof that human love does change based on a person’s behavior. God’s love doesn’t, that’s why it’s the best and just plain amazing!
2. God loved us even when we were in sin
In Romans 5:7-8, the Bible says ‘‘For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.“
Imagine being in a situation where your child’s life is in danger. You love that child so you would do anything to save them. Maybe even put your life on the line. Now imagine someone else who is a known monster- a murderer, robber or abuser, if their life was in danger you might not want to do anything about it. And I bet you the last thing you would probably do is put your life on the line for them. (I know that thought wouldn’t even cross my mind) You would just think-‘Well, they deserve what’s coming to them’. Why? Because of all the bad things they’ve done to others.
But that’s exactly who Jesus Christ died for- this sinner, still in sin. He died for us while we were disobeying God. That’s extraordinary love, and we get to experience that kind of love in God daily as long as we receive God and his love. That’s an amazing kind of love indeed!
3. God’s love is forever
Romans 8:38-39 says, ‘For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’
This is absolutely one of my favorite verses from the Bible. Nothing and I mean NO-THING can separate us from God’s love. He loved us yesterday, He loves us today and He will love us tomorrow. He loves us while we are alive and even when we die, He will still love us (the great thing is we will be with Him forever, enjoying His love)
Just like Paul when he wrote this letter, I too am convinced that God’s love is the best and it’s pretty amazing.
4. God loved us and proved it
One of the most common verses is John 3:16 and most Christians,even when they are young can memorise this verse. It says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’
One thing that strikes me about this verse is God’s love is not just in words. There’s a popular phrase you may have heard of or use occasionally ‘Action speaks louder than words’ When your spouse says he loves you, you believe them because they actually prove that love to you daily. Saying you love someone without proving it will never work.
God didn’t just say He loved us, He proved it. This is a verse about the proof of His love. He loved us so much He wanted us to be saved. He wanted us to be with Him in eternity. He sacrificed His beloved innocent Son to die on the Cross for sinners, disobedient children who hated and mocked Him and didn’t want Him. Yes, His love is proven, we cannot doubt it. And it’s the most amazing love ever!
My encouragement to you
Today and every day, be reminded of God’s love which is amazing and everlasting. A love that is extraordinary.
Newsflash: no human being, no matter how hard they may try can ever love you and I the way God does. It’s a love that’s freely given by God. All we have to do is receive it, let it guide us, let it empower us, let it give us courage and let it strengthen us.
Lord, I worship your Holy name this day because you are Love. I thank you that you loved me while I was a sinner. I’m so thankful that your love for me is amazing, eternal, it’s not dependent on my actions and you’ve proved it by sending your Son to die for me on the cross. Help me to receive your love daily, to walk in it and embrace it. Help me to remember that I can never feel rejected or unloved as long as I choose to be with You Lord. I love you too, Lord.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen