Dr. Sam Smith, Guest columnist
Jacksonville Daily Progress
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
You can’t be so lost that God can’t find you
Your wounds can’t be so deep that He won’t bind you
You can’t be so far gone, that He won’t bring you home
You can’t be so unlovable that God won’t love you
Remember your childhood romances? How many times did you tell someone, “I will love you forever”? Now, can you remember their names? We humans can fall in and out of love, or what we think is love, many times in our lives.
Not our God. God loves us all the same all the time – unconditionally. Nothing we can do or say will change His perfect love for us. C. S. Lewis said, “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”
Paul wrote, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
I believe our lives would instantly change for the better if we could truly understand how much God loves us. God created us out of pure love. He sustains us through perfect love. He sacrificed His Son because He loves us so much. God is love, and all He does He does because He loves us so. And His ultimate act of love: Jesus.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
(1 John 4:9-11)
Understanding God’s perfect love for us is not an easy task, mostly because we humans have problems with unconditional love. We can feel deeply in love with someone, but if they hurt us our feelings change. In many cases, our love depends on how the other person treats us. What if God loved us that way? If God’s love for us depended on they way we treated Him, we would be in bad shape. Thank goodness, He does not love us that way. We have a Heavenly Father, the Creator and sustainer of all there is, who loves us unconditionally. What do we have to fear?
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love endures forever.”
Dr. Sam Smith,