31 Mar Will You Still Love Me?
Out of God’s perfect love, he formed Adam and Eve. His divine desire was for a unity in relationship with man in the same way that He had perfect relationship within his triune self.
This love isn’t the fake, surface-y stuff that permeates our culture. It is a true, unadulterated love that always puts the other person above oneself. It continuously seeks to “prefer, serve, promote and release the other” (Steve Chua, ID Encounter).
It’s a love that wants to see the other person in their best possible version of themselves, and can both encourage and correct in love to get them there. It is a love that sacrifices oneself to see the other living out their God-given purpose. It is a love that knows Godly boundaries set by the pure wisdom that comes from above. And if we all had this type of love for one another, it would resemble an upward spiral of giving glory, respect, honor, and, well, love.
Why doesn’t our world look like this, though at times we try desperately to achieve it? Even though people have turned away from God, our need to be loved and to give love hasn’t changed.
One of the most powerful tools we have as Christians is to receive God’s love to overflowing and pour it out to others, both fellow believers and unbelievers.
If we examine those who are hurting, broken and in despair, (which in reality, is all of us) can’t we see that one of our core heart cries is, “Even if I mess up, will you still love me?”
God’s forever answer is “Yes.” (2 Timothy 2:13 says “if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself”). It is God’s intrinsic personality to be faithful. He will always love.
1 John 4:16 also says “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
There you have it. God IS love, that pure, perfect, holy love. Which means he is actually incapable of not loving us.
But why don’t we feel it? That very verse in 1 John also answers this question. When we don’t abide in Him, we prevent ourselves from receiving something He so willingly gives.
Thank the Lord for Jesus and his salvation. Because of Jesus we can once again abide in God’s love. And for those who abide, it is our call to reflect that love to those who don’t yet know Him.
Then when those outside of God’s love look to us and ask “If I mess up, will you still love me?” Our answer can be as our Father’s – Always yes.