HOW CAN GOD LOVE A SINNER LIKE ME?

Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:26 Written by 

 

Have you ever wondered why on earth God would love us? We all know scripture says God loves us, but why? It certainly can't be because we have not sinned or because our behaviours and attitudes have been so righteous. What is it about us that would cause God to love us so deeply even before we knew Him....1 John 4:19 "We love Him, because He first loved us." How often have I heard someone say, "I have done too many bad things for God to love me." If you struggle with rejection as I have....your expectation is that God's love is slowly dwindling away. Has the world not taught us that being loved is totally conditional on our performance and appearance? Yet scripture tells us that God hates sin but loves even the worst of sinners....how can that be?

I suppose one could say "well it's because God is love." But wait now... in Proverbs 6:16 it tells us "These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him." God hates both sin and evil; so although He is love and is still capable of hating as well....who among us has not done evil?

God's love for us has nothing to do with our talents, giftings, accomplishments or performances. It is for a reason that is beyond our contribution to the relationship. The answer is simply we are His offspring, His children. Acts 17:28 speaks of it...."For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring." It is by seed that we are His offspring.

Just as a man’s sperm is the physical life-source seed for his child, so is our personal spirit, God’s life-source seed for the spiritual man.

Genesis 1:26-27... God tells us He created us in Their likeness..."Their" meaning God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. They did so by God breathing into us His breath of life....or as 1 John 3:9 NIV refers to as His seed....or as the AMP puts it, His divine sperm. We are not just created creatures to be compared to all the rest of creation. No....we are the only of His creations that are of Their likeness, in Their image, of Their kind. That is why and how God loves us so deeply. His love does not focus on what the man of flesh has fallen to....rather His love focuses on who our spiritual being is.

If we as earthly people can love our own children no matter what they have done or what they are doing....then how much more is our Heavenly Father able to love us in the same way. Just as our earthly parents have a physical DNA love bond with us as their children....how much more does our Heavenly Father have a spiritual DNA love bond with us, His spiritual children.

And because we are His spiritual offspring we can all undeservingly, unconditionally claim Romans 8:38-39...."For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." God's love for us cannot be broken. We can run from it...we can ignore it...we can even not believe in it. What you think, believe or do makes no difference...He loves you.

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William Broer

William Broer is the co-founder of freedom House Canada Incorporated. He has a real passion for ministering to the brokenhearted. Having studied under several high-profile ministries and interning with Elijah House ministries, Bill is committed to making the word of God practical in our everyday experiences.

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