I am far from perfect. I sometimes find it hard to believe that God really loves me – especially when I mess up, fail or make bad decisions or even when someone do bad stuff with me.
Actually, no one is perfect – apart from Jesus. But God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son to die for us (John 3:16). Therefore God must love imperfect people. In fact, ‘While we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Romans 5:8).
God knows that perfect people do not exist. We all fail. God’s love for you is bigger than your mistakes. God loves imperfect people.
Everyone knows that their marriage partner’s not perfect, their children are not perfect, their parents are not perfect, we are not perfect, but God loves imperfect people.
God’s people were far from perfect. He responds to the failures of the people with discipline. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focussed on the source.
This is the extent of the greatness of the love of God. The Son of God gave himself for me... and you. It is not just that God loves the whole world. He loves you. He gave himself on the cross for you and me. He died for you. If you had been the only person in the world, Jesus would have died for you. It is as personal as that.
God’s love for you is unconditional, wholehearted and continual. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less.
God, in his great love, embraces all who put their faith in Christ, without distinction. You are justified by faith. This results in a totally changed life. Christ comes to live within you. You no longer live your old life, but a new one by faith in the Son of God.
No one can compare to God in terms of greatness. He is the Creator of the universe (Isaiah 40:12–14). He is the Creator of the entire universe, including the billions upon billions of stars. This is the God who loves you personally and carries you close to his heart. God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
God is also a power-sharing God. He ‘energises those who get tired… those who wait upon God get fresh strength’. Quietly wait on God, study his word, pray, worship and meditate on his love for you. He will restore you, re-energise you and empower you to face everything you need to do.
‘The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.’