God’s Love For Us – Unconditional & Unfailing
It is easy to get caught up in life not truly appreciating the true love that God has for us. It is unconditional and allows us to glorify Him and the blessings he provides.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
God’s love is something that both believers and nonbelievers take for granted each and every day. Christians are so used to hearing about it that they grow desensitized to it, and even non-Christians have heard about it so much that they take it at face value without any desire to truly understand it. But God’s love is so deep, so complex, and worthy of so much more praise and attention that we could ever give it. It’s the highest, most selfless love that could ever exist, and as followers of Christ, it should move and motivate us in all we do.
Whether you realize it or not, God’s love for us is demonstrated in a multitude of ways, both big and small. The most obvious evidence of His love, yet one that we often ignore, is creation. The Bible makes it clear that this earth was made for humans, to sustain and to bring joy to God’s people. From the beautiful northern lights to the water that we need to stay alive, the world around us is essentially a priceless gift from God – not because we deserve it, but because He loves us, and because by it we can glorify Him. It’s only by His love that we are even alive and breathing, not to mention all the other blessings that we don’t even need.
The greatest demonstration of God’s love, though, took place on the cross of Christ. John 15:13 puts it perfectly: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Romans 5:8, our opening verse, is also a highly relevant piece of scripture that captures the essence of the Gospel. We are all sinners, deserving of nothing but eternal punishment and death. Before Christ, there was no way we could ever meet the standards of heaven; our human nature separated us from God, who is so just and holy that He cannot even stand the sight of sin.
But out of His great love for us, God sent Jesus to intercede for us. The perfect Son of God took the punishment we deserve so that we, the imperfect, could know eternal life. This is the wonderful truth of the gospel, as well as the purest proof of God’s love for us. It’s an unchanging constant that we can turn to and rest in whenever we feel underappreciated, useless, and unloved. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” The great love of God is more than enough to take away all of our fears, doubts, and anxieties, because we have this hope: that the life that awaits us is far better than anything we could ever attain for ourselves.