Human beings are obsessed with love. Think about it. Most of our songs are about love. Nearly all of our movies have some story line built around love. We even say that we love particular restaurants or clothing brands. We love to love.
Despite our obsession with love, we are not always particularly good at being loving. Our love is imperfect. We frequently fail to show love even to the people that we know we love. We also confuse love for infatuation or even desire. We have a difficult time really understanding love, even when it comes to loving God and ourselves.
However, as we struggle to demonstrate real love, we are given the picture of perfect love when we consider God’s love for us. God’s love is a perfect love. The love that we have is merely a shadow of the love that God feels for us.
Have you ever really thought about what it means to have a God that loves you? God doesn’t just like you; he loves you. The love that he has for you is a love that is greater than anything we can muster here on this earth. It is an amazing love that we are given despite our many failings and imperfections. It is a love that is not dependent upon our obedience. We don’t earn God’s love. We have God’s love. We cannot even lose God’s love.
When you consider the whole story of the Bible, we see God constantly demonstrating his love for us through his offering of grace and mercy. If we are honest, God would have good reason not to love us. Even the most devoted Christians fail God each day. But we can rest in the fact that God’s love was never based on our efforts to earn it. Because of God’s love, he has given us a story of redemption. He has rescued us so that we might be his people and he can be our God.
If we want to really understand the nature of God’s love, we need to simply turn to 1 Corinthians 13 and see that the love described there is the love that God has for us. His love is patient, kind, and it never fails.
Take time to be loved by God. We were designed to need love, and God’s love meets that need perfectly. Thank God for loving us, even when we would not think we are deserving of his love. Spend the day dwelling on the fact that God not only loves us, but he demonstrates his love in everything that he does.