In church on Sunday, there was a line in the sermon which has really stuck with me. At the time, I didn’t honestly think much of it, or process it in any great way. I just sort of absorbed it and then forgot it. But it’s been stuck with me since then, and I’ve been mulling it over in my mind. The phrase was essentially this:
God loves us because He loves us.
God doesn’t love us because we are loveable, He doesn’t love us because we do nice things, or we say the right things. God loves us simply because He loves us.
It’s taken me a while to really get my mind around this idea. In our society, we so often love people for what they can do for us. We love the people who make us feel good, who allow us to experience a different view of life. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. I believe God gives us relationships and friends for this express reason.
But we often love people because of how they make us feel. So when it comes to people who don’t make us feel good, we quite often simply don’t love them.
God’s love, however, is totally different from that. God’s love is selfless, unconditional, and without parameters and desires. God loves us simply because He loves us. No more or no less. That is why God’s love is so perfect – because it simply is love.
Regardless of what we do or say, think or feel, God will always love us, because He loves us. Because God’s love is not defined by obligations or feelings of self-happiness or worth, it is an unconditional, everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
There is the risk that this idea could become one of the great ‘non-understandables’ of Christianity – the same way in which we can’t understand God being outside of time, or why God does certain actions.
But I think that knowing that God loves us simply because He loves us is one of the most amazing truths of following Jesus. God sent His Son, because He loves us. Jesus chose hell, because He loves us. God loves us, because He loves us.