Have you ever wondered how God feels about loving us? I used to think it was sort of a dutiful, emotionless, “because I have to” kind of love. As in, He’d rather not, but since He’s God, well then He’d better do it. I especially felt like this when I wasn’t performing “correctly” (according to my own standards of godly expectation). Then I met Frankie.
The first time I saw him, Frankie was literally being dragged by his ear to the principal’s office. I was volunteering at the middle school in my small town. Because it was a small town, Frankie’s reputation and the reputation of his family proceeded him. Put simply, Frankie was a redneck thug that came from a long line of redneck thugs who all lived in the skuzzy section of town. They were not upstanding citizens. Frankie was not a good student; he didn’t care about school, and he wasn’t very smart. No one liked him and some people were afraid of him. I watched through the library window as Frankie was pulled into the office, and I remember thinking, “Jesus, You love Frankie.” And suddenly , unexpectedly, I loved Frankie too. Not dutifully, or because I was supposed to, but painfully, passionately, and for absolutely no reason at all. It was amazing!
This is God’s kind of love for us. It’s wild, and crazy, and passionate, and free. He loves because that’s who He is (1 John 4:16) and He likes it. I can almost hear Him laughing, “Hahaha! You think you’re so bad, then I will love you even more!!” I think He looks at “bad” people and is like, “Yes! Watch Me love you! I’m amazing!!”
It doesn’t make sense, but I’m one hundred percent sure that He feels this way and more. Because, I have felt this way for someone that I should never have loved. I have been overwhelmed by God’s love to the point of laughing and crying like a crazy person because the emotion is too big to handle. The more God freely loves people who don’t deserve love, the more glory He gets, the more we stand in awe of Him, and the more we love Him back. (1 John 4:19)
I want you to do something. Read these verses, but not in a solemn, churchy voice; read it with passion bordering on insanity. Feel His love for you! Let it soak in deep.
- “Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:`7
- ” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
- “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person 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.” Romans 5:6-8
- “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1
- ” This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
God doesn’t love us because He has to. He loves us because He wants to, because He loves to, because that’s who God is! So tip your head back and relax. Smile up at Him. Let Him love you even though it doesn’t make sense.