God’s Love is from Everlasting to Everlasting by Regina A. McKinney

God loves us as individuals. The images of him as our father and we as his children, as those adopted into his family show his love for each of us. God does not neglect our individual needs. God is the father who knows his individual children, who cares about their bruises and scrapes, who tenderly holds them in His arms with God Love, Unconditionally!

In the world around us, people are loved on the basis of their performance. When someone pleases us, when someone stimulates us, we appreciate what they do and use the term “love” to describe our response.

But God’s love is not based on our performance! God’s love, instead, is unconditional. Consider Romans 5:6-8:6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Christ died for us when? Was he responding to something good in our performance? Was he saying, “Oh, that Regina, she’s such a fine woman! Look at all she has accomplished! Because she has been so good, I will shower my love on her.” No, not at all. These verses use the words “powerless,” “ungodly,” and “sinners” to describe us. Christ died for people like this, not for people who look like they have it all together.

So why did God love us? God’s love is based only on his sovereign choice and mercy.  Consider two verses that highlight this point:

The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your fathers. Deuteronomy 7:7

He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.  Ephesians 1:4

Nothing made us attractive to God! On the contrary, we were despicable to God. But despite our problems it was God’s pleasure; it was God’s will to predestine us to be adopted as his sons.

So God’s love is unconditional because it is the result of his sovereign choice. God’s love has nothing to do with our goodness; God’s love has nothing to do with our performance.

Now I don’t know about you, but to me this truth is tremendously freeing. I don’t have to look over my shoulder all the time, wondering if God is going to abandon me because I blew it.
I don’t have to worry that God might change his mind about me because of my poor performance.

God already knows the worst about me and you!– and he chose to love us! God’s love is unconditional — delight in that statement.

God’s Love is from Everlasting to Everlasting!!!

Copyright 2010 © Regina A. McKinney

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