Love has made a way for each one of us to be in relationship with God. We are no longer on the outside looking in – we are children of God if we are born again. Our relationship isn’t based upon anything that we personally did. In fact, our salvation comes in spite of us.
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8 NKJV
God has always loved us because He IS love. This love isn’t like the love you feel for chocolate or your highschool sweetheart. This love produces action regardless of external circumstances and response.
You see regardless of what we say, do or behave like God still loves us because God physically IS love. Don’t worry this love isn’t changing anytime soon either because…
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.Hebrews 13:8 KJV
So many times we might ask ourselves why? The enemy likes to sow seeds of doubt and encourage people to question the love that God has for them. The truth is that there isn’t a reason or thing that we have done to deserve His love, but God chose to give it to us.
Jesus loved us unconditionally
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.Ephesians 5:1-2 KJV
Unconditional love isn’t a feeling. The love that God loves with doesn’t operate based upon external circumstances. Love like what God operates in is simply a choice. You don’t get to be made because you choose to operate in love.
Jesus chose to leave heaven and come to earth. He decided to offer up everything He had to give – His spiritual deity and purity – to become a man and eventually die as a man in my place.
Jesus loves us unconditionally today
This same love that sent Jesus to the cross just over 2,000 years ago still operates today. When we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit connects us to the love of God.
5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.Romans 5:5 NKJV
For what reason have we received this love? So we can operate in it too!
The very first blog post I ever published on this blog talks about the love of Christ in action – the compassion of Jesus
Take a minute if you like to read what compassion truly is. See Jesus operated in compassion and has given us the ability to do the same if we will choose to love with no need for response.
We are in relationship with God by the love of Christ Jesus – walk in it!
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:Colossians 2:6 KJV
So it’s great that we are in a relationship with God, but what are we supposed to do? That’s simple. We are called to love one another as Christ loved us. We are to unconditionally lay down our lives in service for another person.
As I grow older, I have begun to realize that the only truly satisfying work that you do is in service for others.
We are each called to serve God by serving others. We aren’t supposed to serve for them, but we are to serve them for God.
God loves YOU!
My prayer is that you are encouraged today that God really does love YOU. He isn’t waiting for you to DO something to earn His love. If that’s your attitude, you’ll never achieve His standard. You’ll die in sin.
God wants to build a relationship WITH YOU. He took the first step when Jesus died and rose again to pave the way.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.John 14:6 KJV
That’s the truth. Jesus is the only way to enter a relationship with God. It isn’t just about where you’re going to go when you die. It’s about how you are going to live!
God promises a life full of peace, joy and love, but it all starts by praying this prayer.
“Father, I know I have sinned. I repent for my sin and make a dedicated choice to not only accept the free gift of salvation by faith but also to give you first place in my life. Have my whole life. Thank you for what Jesus has done on the cross for dying and raising again for my sin. He took my place in death so I give Him first place in my life.
I expect You to speak to me, Jesus. I know that I hear your voice. Show me what to do. In Jesus Name, Amen.”