Does God Really love us no matter what?
You’ve got to love Peter, Jesus’ disciple. He is so relatable. He was one of Jesus’ most loved disciples.
Peter said and did things that would make me doubt if Jesus would still love Him. While Jesus rebuked Peter and showed him his mistakes, He never stopped loving Peter. And He never stops loving us either.
Peter was used by the devil
One day Jesus asked his disciples who they believed He was. Yes, the Pharisees and Saducees had their ideas of who Jesus was, but who did the disciples, his most intimate friends really think He was?
Of all Jesus’ disciples, Simon Peter had a revelation of who Jesus was.
‘Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’Matthew 16:16-17
Jesus goes on to bless Peter and tell Him that he would be instrumental in the building of the church.
Then a few minutes later, Jesus tells His disciples that He would be killed and raised on the third day. He tells them of the salvation plan. Watch Peter’s response:
“Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me,Satan!You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”“Matthew 5:22-23
Is this the same person who just had a God revelation a few minutes ago? And is now being used by the devil to speak against the great plan of salvation? Well..yes? Did what Peter say stop Jesus from loving Simon Peter? Well…no.
Peter tries again to stop the salvation plan
Some time much later, as Jesus was about to be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Simon Peter is the same one to cut the ear of one of the High Priests servants who had come to arrest Jesus.
Okay, so he was still trying to stop the plan of salvation even after Jesus told him not to? This guy!
Jesus patiently rebukes Peter and tells him what he did was wrong. But never does he stop loving him as his disciple. Full story is in John 18:1-11.
Peter denied Jesus
This same Peter went on to deny Jesus 3 times before He died. This was something Jesus had already predicted he would do.
When it really mattered, he denied Jesus. The one he had walked with for 3 years. The one who had taught him the gospel. The one he had called friend.
Jesus knew Peter’s sins and struggles
Now imagine that Jesus knew the whole time while He hung out with Peter, preached with him, prayed with him. All that time, Jesus knew this guy would end up betraying Him.
But that didn’t stop Jesus from loving Peter. No matter what, He still loved him. Knowing all of Peter’s sins, struggles and strengths. He still loved him.
Jesus never stopped loving Peter despite his actions
When Jesus rose from the dead, He went to meet the disciples and Peter was there. And He gave them the great commission (Matthew 28)
So you see despite everything Simon Peter did or said, Jesus loved him no matter what. And he loves us the same.
We are like Peter
As disciples of Jesus , Peter’s life is a reflection of ours. One moment we’re sharing great revelations of the Gospel. The next minute we’re disobeying His very word.
The one minute we’re deep in worship. Then the next moment we have sinful thoughts.
We love our children no matter what, right?
When my daughter was a toddler she got into the habit of biting people, including me. I would correct her and sometimes she would listen and sometimes not.
That didn’t stop me from loving her. It didn’t even change the fact that she was my daughter.
Does God really love us no matter what?
The answer is YES! We learn to love from God. He doesn’t learn to love from us. Once we become His children, that identity doesn’t change. The same way my daughter is still mine no matter what she does or says.
So even if I sin, I can go to God as my Father and He will forgive me. He is always waiting for me. Ready to embrace me and show me His love.
7 verses that prove that God loves us no matter what
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.“1 John 4:18
God’s love is perfect. He doesn’t punish us. We don’t need to be afraid that He will stop loving us.
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”John 15:13
The love that Jesus Christ showed us on the cross is the ultimate kind of love there is. He layed down His life for us to be saved. How amazing is that?
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),”Ephesians 2:4-5
When someone wrongs us and keeps wrongs us- here is what we say ‘I’m only human, there’s only so much I can take’.
That’s why when Peter asked how many times he had to forgive his brother in Matthew 18:21-22, Jesus said- 77×7 times. Basically countless number of times.
God is rich in mercy and will forgive us countless times because His love for us is great. He loved us when we were dead in trespasses. We have been made alive together with Christ.
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.John 15:9
God loved Jesus as His Beloved Son and was pleased with Him. In the same way Jesus Christ has loved us with the same everlasting love. We only need to abide in this amazing love.
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”1 Peter 4:8
My husband is a Manchester United supporter. He has the shirts, he knows the history, he can tell you when all the games are and all the issues they have. He watches all games no matter what time they are, as long as he’s not working.
He has fervent love for the team. Fervent love is passionate and intense love.
No matter how many times Manchester United will lose a game or fail to win a Championship, it’s still my husband’s team. His love for them is not based on performance. He just loves them and is loyal to them.
We are called to love each other with this kind of intense, passionate love because God loves us with the same.
This same kind of love ‘covers a multitude of sins’ Multitude is numerous sins that can’t be counted. Our sins are numerous but God still covers them with His love. He loves us even if our sins are numerous.
His love for us is not dependant on performance.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 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.”Romans 8:37-39
Nothing can separate you from God’s love. NO THING- simple. The only condition is- as long as you’re in Jesus Christ- when He is our Lord and Saviour. When you’ve said the accepted Him in your heart.
Your sin cannot separate you from Him whether it’s past, present or future sin. Your current struggle cannot stop Jesus loving you.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”Romans 8:35
This verse refers to a person- that a person will not be able to separate us from God. So the person who is behind our trials, troubles and tribulation is the devil.
So all these things come at us to bring us down. But they fail because the love of Christ is stronger and He loves us no matter what.
Even when we fall and slip on this Christian journey. Even when we are not consistent in our Bible study and prayer time. He still loves us. We can rest secure in that love.
My Encouragement to you
So my friend, you and I are loved with such an everlasting love. One that was already proven on the Cross. A love that we can be secure in. Irregardless of what you do, God still loves you.
He will rebuke and correct His children when they are wrong. But one thing is for sure. He never stops loving me. And neither does He stop loving you. He really loves us, no matter what.
Lord Jesus, thank you for my life. Thank you for the Cross which is the evidence of Your love for me. I’m amazed at your love for me. Help me to never doubt your love. May I rest secure in your love. May I find joy, peace and fulfillment in the love you’ve shown me.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen