Because we measure love by human standards, it can be hard to imagine what it means to be loved unconditionally. We understand passionate love, and young love, and first loves. Yet all three of those circle back towards the ability to sustain that love, and to most people there will come a time when that begins to feel difficult. The rush wears off, the facades come down, and daily life begins to wear down the sparkle. The ones who make it, are those who choose to hold on to that first kind of love, in all moments-even when the ones we are called to love seem entirely unlovable. To some small degree, that is the way God loves us. He holds on tightly to us, even when the going gets tough, and loves us at our very best and our lowest worst. His is a love with no earthly match, but an example of the way we should aspire to be. Please read on for examples of the unwavering, committed love of our Lord and believe that it is, and always will be, meant for you.
Psalm 36:5 -7 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
The best relationships are built on a foundation of love and trust. When we believe that we are secure and cherished, we feel stronger and more able to give that love out to the world. That is what God’s faithful love should enable us to do on a grander scale. When we remain rooted in the security of His love, we are enabled to give it out freely to others.
Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
Everlasting is a word that is not used as frequently today. It’s poetic and impactful and a little bit hard to wrap your brain around. Perhaps that is because so few things in this world are everlasting. We do not have a strong basis for which to imagine something going on forever. Yet, that is how God describes his love for us. Unending, ongoing, and everlasting.
Psalm 52:8b I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
Being loved, regardless of our performance, should be easy for us. We should rejoice in that knowledge. But so many of us do not, feel as if we cannot. We have become so conditioned to be let down, that we have great trouble trusting that God will not do the same. We have to believe that His love wraps us in safety. That is doesn’t let go, or let down. It just sets us free.
Ephesians 3:17-19 “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lords holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
God’s love is great big and tall. Imagine seeing a Redwood tree and being told that it was completely full of love for you. That every branch, every groove, every leaf, was for you. You would be overwhelmed with that kind of greatness. You would be humbled by the enormity of that much love. Think bigger, and higher, and you may begin to fathom the way God sees you.
Exodus 34:6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,
The times that most draw me close to God are the ones in which I see his tenderness and mercy. Certainly this verse describes a time in which the Lord had been continuously gracious and forgiving. That He is still the same loving, compassionate God today- a God who never changes-should remind us that we are safe with Him in our best times, along with our worst.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Oh, how hard this life can be. Romans 8:35 speaks to all of the things of the world that cause our fear to overwhelm our faith. The response to the hardships and tragedies that we face, is to remember, that there is one thing that cannot be taken from us. Christ’s love goes with us wherever life turns. This unending affection is our greatest protection against anything that comes our way.
Psalm 136:2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
When someone in your life goes out of their way to make you feel loved, you most likely respond by thanking them. How much more should we give thanks to our Lord for the constant ways He shows us His love for us? Psalm 136;2 says that His love endures. It endures our busy days when we forget to make time to speak with Him. It endures the moments in our lives when we curse Him for not bending to our selfish will. It endures the idols we raise up in front of Him. It endured the cross. All because of love. A love that has no end.
What would you do if you believed that whatever you attempted, whether you soared or failed, would end in you being loved and held close by God. What would you attempt? Whom would you reach out to? Where would you let your heart lead you? The crazy thing is that we already have that security. We are assured of God’s presence throughout our lives, and yet, we hold back. We waiver. What we can be if only we dare to believe that we are forever loved. He tells us this is so, repeatedly, in the verses above, and throughout the Bible. We cannot earn it, and we cannot lose it. So let us live in it and give it back to Him with no strings attached. Just freely, abundantly, and as best as we know how, unconditionally.