“Love is not what God does.
Love is who God IS.“
This phrase from Pastor Chuck’s sermon this week had stuck with me. What’s so amazing about this truth is that it takes away all need to perform or “do” something to gain God’s love. His love can’t change because it’s who He is. For example, an apple is an apple no matter what. I may really want an orange, but not matter what I do to that apple, I’ll never make it change into an orange. Or, another example, I have almost close to 100% German heritage. No matter what i do, I can’t change that truth about myself. I am who I am; God is who He is… and God IS love. (1 John 4)
So, no matter what, that remains true. I can’t do something to make Him love me more and I can’t do anything that would make Him love me any less. This amazing truth about God leads to an amazing truth about myself.
If God is love,
Then Bekah is loved.
And not only in the sense that “Jesus loves me” (though that is true)… by God’s grace, that’s my identity! No matter what I do or what’s been done to me, I will forever be: LOVED.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. (1 Corinthians 15:10a)