Romans 5:8: “… but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
We were still sinners when God showed His love by giving His son Jesus to die for our sins. It happened before I was born, a couple of millennia ago. It happened before I was even made aware that I needed a Savior in my life. It happened independently of me, in that there is not an action I did or did not do which triggered Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
God decided upon the sacrifice of his son purely out of love and compassion. There were no triggers on my part, good or bad. The mere fact that I am human makes me a faulty creature, a selfish, proud, lustful entity, living on earth and absorbed with my ‘self’. It is not how God intended it to be. But it became this with the fall in the garden of Eden.
But humans are God’s possession and sweet creation. He put us together, gave us a planet to live on, provided for our needs, and at the end, made a way to rescue us from our own selves. His love was not in response to a cute thing I did, or even a bad deed I committed. It is simply His nature to be compassionate and to love me and you unconditionally. The giving up of His Son Jesus Christ is proof of that.
Job 34:19: “…who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?”
Furthermore, He doesn’t love me more than He loves my neighbor, or my neighbor more than He loves me. God is impartial. For Him, love is not about who deserves it because ultimately none of us do.
Psalm 86:15: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
God has demonstrated His love for us through the huge sacrifice of His own son. But He also continues to love me and you, each and every day, through thick and thin. I know it’s not easy for even me to love me at times! But it is easy for God to do so, because it is just who He is. And so when we sin, deny Him, turn away from His will, create a mess of our lives, He is still there waiting for us to come to our senses. He watches, waits, calls, and always looks for opportunities to communicate and bring us back in His fold.
God’s love is truly amazing, undeserved, and eternal. No human love can compare to His. For that reason, no matter what my circumstances are today, I am “un-afraid”!
“When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.” ~ Charles Surgeon