“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
I want to answer these three questions in this post.
Does God love you?
What is the cause behind His love? Or What is the basis of His love?
Will God always love you no matter what you do?
Now we are getting into the very character and heart of God. Who is God? Is He really a God of love?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
We can see here that God has a general love for all people. He has a general affection and love to all of His creation. So God does love people. He desires the best for them. The Bible says that God is willing that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance. He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
But then God has a personal love toward His elect. He has a personal love toward those are born again through faith in Jesus Christ. This love is a powerful amazing love!
Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
You see, if you believe in Jesus and have a relationship with God, it is because, before the foundation of the world God chose you in Christ! God has loved us who believe with an everlasting love. It is because of His loving kindness that He has drawn us.
Contrasting the way God loves the world vs the way God loves His children can be like this: have you ever loved someone who did not love you back? I know I have as a teenager, well I felt like I did. Although our love is there, without a love in return, there is something really missing. So although God does love humanity in general terms, only those who love Him in return are truly loved by God in the deepest sense of the world. Love is always meant to be both ways in a relationship. When it’s one way, it’s not a true love.
So not only does God love people in general and have care for them, for us who believe He has a special love and compassion to His children. Another example would be how we love our children. I love my daughters friends. I love other children that I work with and come into contact with. Children are awesome and precious in God’s sight. But when I speak of the love I have for my daughter, it’s different. It’s a covenant I have with her. It’s a love I have for her and she for me. It goes much deeper than the way I love other children.
So yes God does love all people, especially His children. And yes God does love you. If you are not a Christian God loves you. He calls you to turn from things that would destroy you here and eternally. He calls you to repent of sin and trust in Jesus Christ. If you are His child, He declares that He loves you and that He has loved you with an everlasting love!
So now that we see that God does love you, let’s see why it is that God loves you.
A lot of times when people are faced with the question of eternity, and mediated on why God would allow them to Heaven, they say something like God should let them into Heaven because they are good people and do not deserve hell. God obviously loves people in Heaven. So basically a lot of people are saying that God loves people based on their worthiness of His love.
Let’s look at the context of Romans 5:8.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8
All of mankind apart from Christ stands the same before God. Guilty. Condemned. Unjust. Unworthy.
This is how we were before God, when Jesus died on the cross. If you look to yourself as the reason God loves you, you will be greatly deceived. There was absolutely nothing within mankind that made God or caused God to love us and send Christ to die for us.
Jesus did not die for good men. Jesus did not die because of some internal worth He saw on the inside of us. It is the complete opposite. Jesus died for wicked, sinful people. He died for the ungodly. He demonstrates His love for us in this, while we were still undeserving sinners, He died for us. While you were a complete sinner only deserving of God’s wrath, He died for you! This is how He has shown, demonstrated and proven His great love for us.
The basis of God’s love for us is not in us in any slight way. The basis or cause of God’s love for mankind is found merely in His character and person!
“7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:7-10
God loves because it is who He is. He is love. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU! He has chosen to love us because He is good, not because we are good. The cause of God’s love is not that we are worthy, but that He is worthy!
The logic goes like this: If God loved you based solely on His sovereign choice to love you, why do you think something you did would change God’s mind about you?
He already proved His love for us by dying for us while we were still sinners. So if you have believed, but yet you have sinned and are in a battled struggling with sin, what makes you think He will stop loving you based on what you do?! He didn’t start loving you based on what you did, so He won’t stop loving you based on what you do!
This is what it means that God’ loves us without condition. He does not put a condition and say, ok I will love you and give you fully all of my love, so long as you do x,y,z. He chooses to love us while we are still sinners. Sinners are spiritually dead to God and only deserving of God’s wrath and judgment. When God saves a sinner He does it by grace. God’s love toward us begins and ends with God’s choice to love us.
If you ever doubt God’s love for you, look to the cross. Look to the scars in the hands of Jesus. Look to the crown of thorns. See His blood being poured out for you. Then look at your personal sin. See how undeserving of salvation you are. This is love! That Christ died for sinners.
Although the sins we now commit have consequences and will hinder us from running our race, our sin will not cause God to stop loving us. His love is without condition. It is His love which always draws us back in repentance and restoration.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
So, does God love you? YES! He loves all of His creation, but has a special love for those who are His children.
Why does God love you? It’s simply because He is love and loving us is apart of who He is.
Will God always love you? YES! God didn’t start loving you based on what you did, so He won’t stop loving you based on what you do!