Understanding God's Love

God's Love

By Ronnie Wendt

In Three Ways to Experience More of God’s Love, Judy Allen writes: “The Bible tells us repeatedly that God loves us and has given us plenty of evidence to back up His words. He created us. He created a marvelous world in which we are called to create. He provides for us. And He forgives us, even though we are rebellious. He even went so far as to send His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for us while we were still sinners. God did it all because He loves us.”

But even as the Bible tells us God is love, many of us still struggle to understand that truth. What does it mean when we say God loves us with an enduring, sacrificial, infinite, and unconditional love? We answer this question from our human condition, most often looking to the love we have for our children as the greatest human example of God’s love. We love our kids even when they challenge us with behaviors that are not very lovable.   God’s love is a bit like that. He loves us because we are His. We were created for a loving relationship with Him. But it goes deeper than that. When sin threatened our relationship with Him, He gave to us from the depths of His own soul; He sacrificed His own son to restore that relationship. “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

God’s love knows no bounds; it is unconditional. He doesn’t say if you behave well and do these things I will love you. Rather, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). He never gives up on us, and we can come to Him at any time. He welcomes us in spite of our sins.

And, because of God’s love for us, we can be saved. His gift to us is His grace and unbounding love. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).

Maybe you’ve struggled to fully understand God’s love for you. Maybe you feel your sins make you unlovable. But if you take the time to cultivate and grow your faith, your understanding of God’s unconditional, giving, and sacrificial love will blossom. With a fuller understanding of His love, you can then spread your knowledge of God’s love to others and transform lives.

Just Between Us is here to support you on your journey to understand God’s love for you. Our articles on how others have come to understand His love and how this knowledge transformed their lives can serve as roadmaps for your own spiritual journey. Spend some time checking them out; it may help you in your quest for understanding His love.

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