I am rather sure that most of you have already heard the following quote at some point in your life.
“God loves us the way we are, but too much to leave us that way.”
Some years ago I listened to an interesting sermon on TV. It was a joy to listen to that man who was a very gifted preacher. However, at the end of his lecture you could see him addressing himself to the invisible viewing public in a sort of altar call, telling them,
“Jesus loves, just the way you are.” (Wow! Great!!) 🙂
“But he loves you too much to leave you the way you are now.”
(Yikes! Frozen in shock!!) 😮
Did you ever have the feeling that you should believe that? I know some people who have been struggling with that statement for decades. Reflecting a bit longer on the probable meaning of that sentence, I had to ask myself, Doesn’t it say that God’s love is conditional, even, that His love is “so great” that He can’t help but change us into something very different from what we have been before, so that we might become eventually “lovable” in His eyes?
Could you love such a God?
Here’s another quote I found on the internet of which I thought it could put the nature of unconditional love in a new perspective.
“The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional. The truth is this: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather by the one choosing to love.”
I believe that the aforementioned words confirm the source (i.e., the Giver) and the nature of divine love as it is described in the following scriptures.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (Jn 3:16-17 ESV)
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8 ESV)
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” (1 Cor 13:4-8 ESV)
God and Jesus love us just they way we are, not the way we will be. God is the eternal I AM. And Jesus Christ has been and will be the same – always. We should also remember that God had chosen us before the foundations of the world we live in were even created. God does not look back in anger because He probably made some silly mistake, NO, He knew that what He once created was good, even VERY good when He looked at the crown of creation: man and woman. WOW! That was God’s masterpiece in duplicate. Two living souls, similar to Him, yet different, too. Both different from Him and from one another.
Hmm…Another thought just came to mind. Although we know that woman was created as man’s complement and although we know God is perfect and needs no one to complement Him, nonetheless, our Creator created someone whom He wanted to approach face to face, with whom He wanted to share the love He had given Adam and Eve for one another. He always wanted to be with them. However, man and woman chose to have it their own way. They voted unknowingly for destruction, discomfort and death – instead of recreation of love and life – eternally.
Indeed, God does not want to change us because He could not love us that way, no, no, no (!!!) – He calls us back into paradise to share His walk and draws us back into the most intimate relationship with our caring Creator. For this very reason He chases away the darkness in our hearts and minds until we are able to live in His bright light together with Him without narrowing our eyes to slits. 😉
Because God loves us so much, He wants to be with us 24/7. He loves us too much to let us live without enabling us to enjoy His wondrous and unconditional love – forever…