Have you ever considered how God’s love is for both the undeserving, unworthy, ungodly, unfaithful, uncaring as well as those who consider themselves to be deserving, worthy, godly, faithful and caring?
Many of us deceive ourselves into believing that we have given Him a reason to love us. On the other hand, many of us believe that because of our actions it is impossible for God to love us. In other words, when we have given God no reason to love us, He still loves us.
When we accept His unconditional love, it will change our lives forever and the multiplication of love takes place. When we then begin to love the unloving and the unlovable God’s love is multiplied. God’s love exists because God exists. As scripture states, God is love and love comes from God, and it is His love He predestined for us.
Because He is God, He needs no reason to love us and yet He does because He is God. For those of us who are performance driven to gain favor of His love we have missed the point of His unconditional love. Our labor should be prompted by love and Christ’s love compels us. We are to consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds. May we allow the Lord to direct our hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. If you think about it the love of God makes no sense but if we choose to receive it then it causes our lives to make sense.
So much of God’s teaching is based on love, first to love Him with all our heart and mind and then to love one another. He teaches husbands to love their wives and wives to love their husbands, but He extends that love to our neighbour, co-worker, and to one another. The whole purpose of Jesus Christ and His coming to earth was to show us His love by taking our sins upon that Cross so we would have a bridge to our Heavenly Father. We have all fallen short of His love, we are all sinners and yet His love allows us to seek His forgiveness and be filled with His love. The expression that God loves the sinners but not the sin is appropriate.
Many of us can relate to quizzes or exams so let’s use the love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 for our love quiz. Check if love is this to you:
Love is patient – Love is kind – Love does not envy – Love does not boast – Love is not proud – Love is not rude – Love is not self-seeking – Love is not easily angered – Love keeps no record of wrongs – Love does not delight in evil – Love rejoices with the truth – Love always protects – Love always trusts – Love always hopes – Love always perseveres.
We can do the quiz with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or with our spouses, or with a mentor or close friend but it helps us to be guided in His love.
John Grady lives and writes in Fort St John.