His Love For Us Doesn’t Change

I’ve had a hard time in the past believing that God really loves me. That I don’t have to earn His affection. That nothing I have done or will do changes His love for me. That’s incredible, right?

His Love for Us Doesn't Change

“Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked that question of Peter. That is the question God has been asking me lately.

And He’s teaching me about himself.

God is love. He loves us more than we can ever understand, ever fathom, and ever deserve! His love is not based on conditions, qualifiers, or actions. We can never return His love equally. He doesn’t love us because of anything we’ve done or will do; He loves us because that’s who He is.

He confronts me with this truth when I feel drawn to see my relationship with him as a checklist. If I’m honest, there are times when I worry God will love me less if…

  • my quiet time is shorter than usual.
  • I didn’t respond to that opportunity to volunteer at church.
  • I read the Bible on my phone instead of in print.
  • I only prayed three days this week.
  • fill in the blank with many other insecurities and weaknesses

My examples above are born from my own struggle against legalism, my own struggle to understand that I don’t have to get things “just right” to have a growing relationship with Jesus. His love for me doesn’t depend on my performance.

Either what God says is true or it isn’t. Either God loves us or He doesn’t. Let it resonate deep down in our hearts- What God says is true and He loves us! Period. No qualifiers. No conditional statements. He is not in Heaven with a clipboard checking off our progress before He loves and blesses us.

He loves us just the same in our sin…

If you gossip about a coworker, His love didn’t change for you.
If you just yelled at your kids, His love didn’t change for you.
If you steal from your company, His love didn’t change for you.
If you’re cheating on your husband, His love didn’t change for you.
He loves you the same!

Run to him with your sin, He wants to love you through it and forgive you.

But here’s the thing- God loves us too much to leave us where we are. He’s perfecting us. He’s moving us, correcting us, disciplining us, and refining us to make us more like Him.

When we get even a glimpse of God’s love for us, we are drawn to repentance.

When we see his sacrificial love, we are compelled to follow Him. As James MacDonald says, “God’s love is not a pampering love; it’s a perfecting love.” Even in His correction, God is love. He is not out to get us. He is always working for our good.

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13 thoughts on “His Love For Us Doesn’t Change

  1. I love this! Especially the reminder that God loves us even when we just yelled at our children! Ha! That’s a struggle for me. This post is the kind of post that needs to be written more often. Letting women know we can falter and still be loved solidifies God’s message that we are not perfect, but He loves us anyway! Good job!

  2. Thank-you,again. It seems so easy to tell someone ELSE about how much God loves them, but then not believe He loves me that much. After all, I am so very far from what I ought to be. I even struggle with singing hymns and praise songs about “how much I love Him” because I can’t imagine He’d believe that-as imperfect as I am. He must look at me and think “you hypocrite”. Maybe I’m expecting a certain feeling and it’s just not there? Yet I know we can’t base these things on feelings. So………..what now?

    1. You’re right- we can’t base it on feelings. Feelings cannot be trusted, only God can. We have to believe what God says in His word.

      He says that “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He loved us before we knew Him- and we believe that. The hard part (at least for me) is believing that He loves me still… His love doesn’t change for us after we accept him as savior and then fail at living out His will. 2 Timothy 3:13 says “If we are faithless, He remains faithful for He cannot deny himself.” And Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever” We just have to cling to His word and walk in faith, even though His love defies our understanding.

  3. Great reminder! God does love us no matter what. I get tied up in the legalistic stuff sometimes too, but have to remind myself that it’s ok and it doesn’t matter as much in the grand scheme of things. This year I’ve been working through the Bible in 1 year plan on Bible.com and read on my laptop while taking notes. I find that I’m able to take in the info so much better as I’m reading and reflecting. It will be awesome to look back and reflect over my past notes as well!

  4. Hi Beka,
    I’ve heard it said that while we love – like you said – God is love. As a result, He created objects to set His love upon. It’s hard to put into words the love I feel for my children. Sometimes just thinking about them feels overwhelming. So when I think that God loves them (and me) more than I love them, it’s hard to believe.

    I’ve also heard – and noticed this in ministry – that often people see God the way they see their parents, or in other words: people expect God to love them, treat them, feel about them, the way their parents loved them, treated them, or felt about them. Seems at least in some situations this is why people struggle with God loving them.

    I appreciate your candid discussion and especially your Gospel appeal at the end to run to Him to be loved and forgiven.

  5. Beautifully written! I understand the difficulties associated with getting away from legalism. I had my fair share of that in the past as well. It’s liberating to know that God loves us no matter what, but I know I can still forget that sometimes.

    Thanks for the reminder that God is ALWAYS loving us.

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