Understanding God’s Love: the Foundation of Our Faith

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Understanding God’s Love: the Foundation of Our Faith

The essence of your Christian journey is getting to know who God is. This understanding of who God is sets the foundation for your Christian life. It is your perception of God and your perspective of who he is that will impact the way you engage him. It will literally set the parameters for how you interact and ultimately the type of relationship you develop with him. 

God’s unconditional love simply means that there is nothing that you could ever do to earn his love. On the flipside, there is nothing you can do to un-earn his love. To be clear, unconditional love does not mean unconditional acceptance. God can still love you but hate the things you do. The truth of God’s unconditional love is that Jesus didn’t die for us when we were at our best, he died for us when we were at our worst.

This one act alone is eternal proof of how much God loves you, and it is proof of God’s unconditional love. He died for us knowing that many would reject his love, yet he did it anyway because his love for you and I is without condition.

2. God’s Love Is Unchanging

The reason why God loves us is because he chooses to, and he will not change his mind. The Bible tells us that God so loved the world. He always has loved mankind and he always will. This does not mean God won’t judge sin, because he will. But judgment does not cancel out love. God has chosen to love you and that will not change.

3. God’s Love Is Unending

God’s love will not only last for a lifetime – it will endure for all eternity. There is a beautiful call and response in Psalm 136; I would encourage you to read it. The overriding theme in that chapter is his love endures forever.

If you choose to walk with him, that means that God will get to show you for all eternity how much he really loves you. Forever and ever God will pour out on you a never-ending display of how great his love is for you and you can experience that firsthand. That one thought alone makes the challenges of this life all worth enduring.

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As you go through life, I want to be completely honest. There will be times when you may question whether or not God either loves you or still loves you. This usually happens after something disastrous happens in your life or you make some poor sinful decision that leaves you with remorse and regret.

If and when this moment happens, here is what you must do. Remember the cross. The cross is God’s ultimate display of how much he loves you. Don’t forget the cross was God’s demonstration of love to you when you didn’t know him and were at your worst. If he could love you then I promise you he still loves you now.

I hope this truth has become evident to you – that understanding God is love is the key definer of your relationship with him. It must become the foundation of your relationship with him because there is no relationship without it. The challenge you will have going forward is one of acceptance, because life will happen. Know today you can accept the love of God, and more importantly he wants to shower you with it. When you understand his love, accept his love and walk in the truth that God is love, this will transform your relationship with him. I can assure you it will make all the difference in your walk with God.

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Clarence Haynes 1200x1200Clarence L. Haynes Jr. is a speaker, Bible teacher, and co-founder of The Bible Study Club.  He is the author of The Pursuit of Purpose which will help you understand how God leads you into his will. His most recent book is The Pursuit of Victory: How To Conquer Your Greatest Challenges and Win In Your Christian Life. This book will teach you how to put the pieces together so you can live a victorious Christian life and finally become the man or woman of God that you truly desire to be. Clarence is also committed to helping 10,000 people learn how to study the Bible and has just released his first Bible study course called Bible Study Basics. To learn more about his ministry please visit clarencehaynes.com