“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).
Do you think that God loves you more than He did when you were still in your sins? Do you think that He loves you more than those who are still in their sins? Do you suppose that God loves you more than some other Christians who do not walk as closely with Him? Does God love you more because you are more righteous than them? Could God show a greater love to you than He did on the Cross?
My answer to all these things is nay. Not at all! God’s love for you is from everlasting to everlasting. He loved you before the foundations of the world, and will love you as fervently, even after the world is no more. This is unconditional love. It was not because of anything you did to deserve the love that you have God’s love. He offers this same love to everyone through Jesus Christ…whether they accept it or reject Him.
However, as someone who has responded to God’s love by drawing near to Him, you will FEEL His love, more than those who withdraw from Him. It is kind of like the Sun. The Sun’s is always shining with the same glorious intensity, and the closer we get, the hotter we feel. Likewise with God, as we draw nearer to Him, we feel the passion of His love more…we understand Him more, and we become more like Him.
We feel His pain for those who reject His love, we will grow in graciousness towards them, as we desire for them to come to the knowledge and understanding of God’s unfathomable love for them…and be as happy, joyful and blessed as we are. If God’s love does not make us love others passionately, then it means we have never felt it!
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Some people are confused because they don’t understand why God will sentence someone to an eternity in hell, if He loves them so much. That surely, God loves the righteous more than the unrighteous. They make God in their own image and they understand Him based on their limited concept of love and righteousness.
God is not subject to change, and certainly not because of our actions. If His love for us could change because of our righteousness, we would all be doomed!!! He is Love. He is the very definition of Love. He is what gives Love meaning, not us. He doesn’t need to adapt His behaviour to fit in to our expectations of love.
One of the things He most certainly will not do is to deny you of your right to CHOOSE to return His love. He knows that love is not love if not given freely. Believe it or not, Jesus had the choice to lay down His life for us or not (John 10:18), and He choose to!
God loves you so much, so authentically that He is willing not to force Himself on you. He has already demonstrated His love in the greatest way imaginable. He has warned you of the consequences of your evil ways, and He has left the choice of your eternal destiny to YOU.
As powerful as His love is, as unconditional as it is, it is not able to save you from hell, if you are adamant on rejecting it! Regardless, wherever you spend eternity, God will never stop being Himself (2 Tim 2:13). He will never stop being Love. And everyone who draws near to Him, will enjoy eternity under His glorious rays, in Paradise. God loves you! Do you dare to taste and see how good it feels to be loved by God (Psa 34:8)?
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