God’s love is so different to any experience of human love we’ve ever had. God’s love is not performance based; it’s unconditional, unbreakable, and unending. We don’t have to earn His love. In fact there’s nothing we can do to make Him love us more, and nothing we can do to make Him love us less. He loves us because He Himself is love (have a read of 1 John 4:8). Sometimes we can struggle to accept that we’re unconditionally loved. We think we’ve made too many mistakes and that there’s no way God could still love us. But when we look at the parable of the Prodigal Son, we can see that God’s love remains, even when we’ve taken the wrong path. The son had left his father and followed his desires until he realised that he should have been at home. When he was still quite a long way off, the father saw him coming and ran out to meet him. ‘His father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him’ (Luke 15:20 NIV). The father welcomed his son back despite his mistakes. He loved him even when he wasn’t at home. And that’s exactly how God is with us too. He loves us even when we take the wrong path, even when we leave His presence, even when we think we know better than Him. The Bible says: ‘God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ Even though we’re all sinners, He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us, so that we could be connected with Him and have the opportunity to live with Him forever.
Listen to ‘Reckless Love’ by Cory Asbury. As you’re listening reflect on how amazing it is that God loves you unconditionally.
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