Many of us battle with the sense that we need to earn God’s love. We worry about whether we work hard enough, or if we have been good enough for God to love us all the time.
Imagine that a man is sitting at home and the postman unloads his entire bag of letters into the man’s letterbox. The man goes to investigate, excited to see what has turned up, only to discover that each envelope has ‘final demand’ printed across the front in big red letters. There are hundreds of letters demanding repayment for money owed. The problem is, he doesn’t just have too little money to pay the bills. He has no money to pay them. There is no way out. No possibility of self rescue and no one to borrow from. Bad news for that man indeed!
Yet this was our situation before God. We once owed all this debt of sin and we didn’t have the wherewithal to repay it. Our sin put us in debt and we had nothing to repay it with. Without exception every one of us began in this place. Many of us didn’t like to face the truth of it but it remains the truth. Saying “I don’t believe” did not remove the massive debt of sin or make it vanish.
The truth is this: Yes, you were in an impossible situation, and only God had the means to repay your debts, but that actually makes it good news. He demonstrated His love by paying off your debts by sacrificing His son, Jesus. Then He kept giving so that from once being destitute you became rich
He gives unconditionally knowing we couldn’t ever repay him. He rescued us because He loves us. There was nothing we did to earn His love, and there is no nasty small print, or list of conditions to remain loved by Him.
There was just one act required of us which gave God access to all our countless accounts of sin: Believe. Believe in Jesus was His one request. When we signed on the dotted line of faith everything else was taken care of.
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. ’ (John 3:16-18)
Our experience of God’s love begins with the faith to believe that He loved us so much He died for us. Then He took us from our place of poverty and made us very much loved sons and daughters in His family. Now all the benefits of His love are ours.
‘What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’ (Romans 8:31-32)
God loves you. His one request to you is: don’t live like you are destitute because that’s not your identity anymore. So next time you are tempted to doubt His love remember how it all started with the supreme sacrifice of God’s only Son. That’s how much He loves you and me!
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