One of the cornerstones in my walk with God was realizing just how much He loved me, and it took me a long time to accept just how much He loved me. I know my Earthly daddy loves me more than I can imagine, so understanding that my Heavenly Daddy loves me that much multiplied by infinity almost didn’t seem real or possible.
Love on this Earth is conditional a lot of the time…”I’ll love you until..” or “I’ll love you if…” and that is just not how it works in our relationship with God. The thing about God that we have to accept first and foremost is the fact that you nor I can ever earn His love because we are not perfect and we are all sinners. God loves us anyway. We need to stop trying to earn His love through being good or being a nice church-going Christian, because no matter what we do we could never earn it. Our God is so good and His love for us is so deeply rooted that we could never be good enough to earn it. You see, once we have our salvation God doesn’t see sin anymore, He sees us without a spot or wrinkle, holy and blameless before Him in love. Knowing that He loves us despite all of our shortcomings was the first step in me accepting the love that God has extended to me.
Loving others is what are called to do, actually it is all that we are called to do. 1 Peter 4:8Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]. (AMP)
If we can have that unconditional, unshakeable, God kind of love it will make us whole. The bible shows us to ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ in Romans 5:8 But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. (AMP)
This is not to say that we are better than any other sinner, but just another example of how God sees you and I as perfect and holy before Him and does not even see our sins because we are His children and we are deeply rooted in His unshakeable love.
17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, (AMP)
When I started to accept that I can’t make God love me any less or any more than He already does (because He already loves me an unimaginable amount), I couldn’t help but be in awe of how deeply rooted and unshakeable the love of God is. The God kind of love is not moved by worldly things and if we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable and open to God, we will experience His unshakeable love. After experiencing this love, you cannot help but yearn for more, and yearn to be an example to the world of this unconditional love.This love is deeply rooted in our hearts and over time, renews our mind and gives us a refreshed view of life. This love is bigger than all things and removes the calluses that life and this world may have given us to people, things, emotions, and actions. This unshakeable love, when dwelling in us, will give us a watery shield that leaves us unaffected and unharmed by the actions of others–we will genuinely love all people at all times because we will see only the good in them, as God sees us. I am no longer ruled by emotions and thoughts that I conjure up in my own mind and I no longer let others negative or sometimes cruel actions bother me because this was only hindering me. God has renewed my life through His love and I am a new creation in Christ.